Children are particularly vulnerable to sex offenders. Open communication between parents and children is vital to family safety. If a picture is available of the offender, show it to your family. In general terms, tell your children that this person has hurt someone before. Explain that they should stay away from this individual. Avoid scary details.
Also, it is vital that parents:
- Know where their children are and who their friends are.
- Have a family password. If anyone approaches your children or contacts them, then have a secret password that you use to make sure that person is legitimate.
- Review safety rules regarding not letting people in the house, not giving away information on the phone or in person, what to say when someone calls or knocks on the door.
- Communicate with your child about what is going on in their lives.
- Encourage them to talk to a trusted adult if they are afraid.