Your child is at the mall, at a friend’s party, or … on the play-ground. A man or woman approaches and says “You look so pretty. You are beautiful. You could be a model.” Do you think your child would fall for that? And, do you think your child might … at that moment … go with that person?
I know the inclination would be to shake your head vehemently, and say … “of course not.” But are you really sure?
Let me ask you a question. Have you sat down with your child and talked to them about child predators? I don’t mean as a passing comment or a direct command of “don’t talk to strangers.” I mean really talk to them. And … how often have you spoken with them about child predators?
Lastly … when did you start the conversation with them? The child predators start talking with and grooming children at a very early age. It’s really up to parents to talk with them first.
By the time they are teenagers and influenced by their peers, singers and movie idols … don’t you really think that some teenagers (obviously I’m not saying all) might be tempted to follow someone who says … “I can put you in videos and make you an overnight sensation” … seriously? And, the predators mean it … but … not in the way a teen would think.
The children in this video below (click link) are not always from low-income families, aren’t always runaways, or children from other countries. It could happen to any child. And, we know … all … children are precious and shouldn’t never have to endure something like this.
Parents, please, start talking with your children just as soon as you believe they can comprehend … and keep talking to them! They need to be aware of the danger. But, even more than that … they need to know you are there for them and will support them, and … that they should alert you at any sign of danger, no matter the circumstances … or even … who the individuals, involved are.
My book, “The Promise Book; Tell Someone,” aids parents in talking with their smallest of children about child predators, in a way child can understand …and … that doesn’t confuse or frighten a child. Please find my book at Amazon.com or my website … www.thisisdebbiebarth.com. While you are there … be sure to read my “Tell Someone” blog. The stories … sad and heart-wrenching … are true.
The link to the video you must see … is: http://wreg.com/2018/02/12/human-trafficking-targets-children-in-the-mid-south/
Thank you for caring … and sharing!
Debbie Barth: 2/13/2018 at 01:11 pm EDT
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