Categories: General News, Home, Our Perspective

Beyond Stranger Danger

In the 1980s, the American Medical Association distributed a widely viewed public safety announcement encouraging parents to teach their children about “Stranger Danger.” In the 30-second clip, a man drives up to a young girl on her way to school. He begins a conversation with her and she responds, because her parents have “taught [their] …

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Categories: General News, Home, Our Perspective

In a Bind? Tips for Minimizing Opportunity

Sometimes, it happens. You need someone to watch your kids but none of your regular babysitters are available. You’re desperate—you must hire a sitter you’ve never met. What do you do when you don’t know the person watching your kids? Of course, best practice suggests that you prescreen your childcare providers, check references, and hold …

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Categories: Other, Our Perspective

Virtually Minimizing Opportunity for Abuse

When we talk about minimizing opportunity for child sexual abuse, many people think of eliminating physically isolated, one-on-one interactions. But it includes virtual interactions as well. Messaging To protect kids and reduce risk for abuse, communications between teachers, instructors, or coaches and their students should include parents. This includes emails, texts, and instant messages – …

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