Parents Explain How And When They Talk To Their Kids About Strangers And "Bad People"

6:43 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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Often times, stories of missing children, murdered children, and children held in captivity for several years have us asking questions.

We might ask, how didn't someone know?

But, that's often the reality. Bad things can happen right under our nose.

Three years ago, the Guilford County Sheriff's Office rescued a human trafficking victim from a home on English St. in Greensboro. It was a first for the department. The girl was being held ad forced to have be with patrons who came in. For a long time, no one knew.

Read here: First Human Trafficking Victim Rescued In Guilford County

That's why preparing our children before a bad person comes along is so important. WFMY News 2 talked to several parents about how they go about talking to their children.

Kevin Johnson, a father of two said, "This is my son, Trey. We're actually starting with him just because he's a little more active, a little more outgoing, where as she pretty much sticks with us everywhere we go."

"She's allowed to fight, kick, scream, bite and do whatever she wants that she will not get in trouble for it," said Talene Munson, a mother of four.

Munson used to be a DARE officer. She teaches her 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old triplets how to scream and run away from strangers.

Sue Hight has four grandchild. Hight said, "I don't think it's ever too soon. I mean they should understand the world. There are good people of course and then there's not so good people."

Many parents with 3 and 4-year-olds admitted that they haven't talked to their kids yet. They were planning on having more conversations when their kids get into pre-school. However, many experts will tell you, it's never too soon.

WFMY News 2

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