Parents urged to alert kids to stranger danger

Promoting child safety: Panthers captain Tony Satini, Bennett Road Public School principal Matthew Plummer and Andrew Peach celebrate White Balloon Day with pupils to raise awareness of child protection. Picture: Gary Warrick

Promoting child safety: Panthers captain Tony Satini, Bennett Road Public School principal Matthew Plummer and Andrew Peach celebrate White Balloon Day with pupils to raise awareness of child protection. Picture: Gary Warrick

REPORTS of children being approached have prompted police to urge people to raise stranger danger warnings with their children.

Police said though there was no evidence that approaches or attempted abductions were on the increase, it was always worth being careful.

"The level of attempted child abductions in NSW remains stable," a police spokesman said.

"The vast majority of cases are simply instances where the child feels uncomfortable or suspects they may have been followed.

"Nevertheless, we continue to encourage any child who feels uncomfortable or threatened to go to a safe location and contact police."

With school holidays approaching families should be thinking about the fun times they can have, but they should also be aware that dangers can lurk in unexpected places.

He said children should ensure their parents or adults they trusted knew where they were at all times.

He also advised children to walk straight home or towards their destination, preferably near busy roads or footpaths.

"Know where safe places are: a shop, service station, police station, library or school," the police spokesman said.

"If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.

"Don't talk to people you don't know and never get into a car with someone you don't know.

"If a car stops on the side of the road and you don't know the person inside, do not stop."

Children could phone the police on triple-0 on any phone that was available.

"If someone tries to grab you, yell out: 'Go away, I don't know you'.

"This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don't know."

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