Our expert says:
Kidnapping is extremely rare, and I'd worry that specifically trying to prepare one's kids for being kidnapped would be almost as alarming and unpleasant for them as the real thing. As you've noticed telling her to run away from some people can alarm her more than might be useful.
As your comments include, it would be better to think rather of helping your kids to think through how they could cope with more common but similar situations, such as becoming lost, at the mall, for instance.
For many reasons its excellent for a child to learn her own name, the names and contact details of parents and caregivers, and maybe carry a card with such details as phone numbers written down.
Rather than emphasizing the idea of a world filled with lurking dangers ( especially at her age ) its better to chat about general issues of solving problems, recognizing that not everyone can be trusted and its hard to know who is best to trust.
I agree that some police officers are unbelievably useless, but they should be OK for a child to turn to for help ; maybe to go into a shop and ask an older person behind the counter for help.
Rather stress what NOT to do with others - don't go with other people you don't know, if they approach YOU.
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