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Voices.yahoo.com states that most children are victims of family friends, relatives or neighbors, so making sure that your child knows "strangers" aren't the only people who can be dangerous. Voices.yahoo.com states that most children are victims of family friends, relatives or neighbors, so making sure that your child knows "strangers" aren't the only people who can be dangerous.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The school year is quickly coming to an end and you need to know the steps to take to make sure your kids are safe from predators during the summer months when they may be in someone else's care.

First, make sure to run a search on the free data base offered from Family Watch Dog. You can enter criteria such as a street address or a person's name to see if he or she is a registered sex offender, or if any offender's live near your child care provider's home.

If you need help finding a daycare or babysitter, you can get assistance from a local child care referral agency.

Voices.yahoo.com states that most children are victims of family friends, relatives or neighbors, so making sure that your child knows "strangers" aren't the only people who can be dangerous, will help open the lines of communication if they are uncomfortable around certain adults.

When your child takes a break from playing outside, monitor their use of the computer. The Internet can be a predator's vessel to meet and engage with young victims. In an interview with parenting.com, Tim Lordan, staff director of the Internet Education Foundation, says knowing your child's online activity is just as important as monitoring them outside the house.

"Parents have to get involved. Just as they know every detail of the playground around the corner -- the jungle gym, the swings -- they need to know their kids' online playground as well," urges Lordan.

A tip that most parents may not think of, but Jill Starishevsky lists in her 10 Tips to Keep Children Safe from Sexual Predators article, is to teach your child that adults do not need to ask children for help.

Starishevsky writes, "Predators use tricks to lure children, for example, asking them to help find a lost pet, give directions, or help carry something." 

She adds you may try to practice "what if" scenarios with your child to get a feel for how they would respond in potentially dangerous situations.

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