A frightening incident was reported Tuesday night at Wolfle Elementary School in Kingston: a 7-year-old reported a strange man tried to get into her family’s car.
While reports of “stranger danger” are exceedingly rare according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, they do happen. But a perpetrator is far more likely to be someone the child knows, the center says.
Still, there are some overarching tips to help keep children safe.
Here are a few offered by the center:
1. Always check first with a parent, guardian, or trusted adult before going anywhere, accepting anything, or getting into a car with anyone.
2. Do not go out alone. Always take a friend with when going places or playing outside.
3. Say no if someone tries to touch you, or treats you in a way that makes you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. Get out of the situation as quickly as possible.
4. Tell a parent, guardian, or trusted adult if you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
5. There will always be someone to help you, and you have the right to be safe.
Anyone else have some tips they can offer our readers?