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Old 02-09-2012, 05:11 PM
 
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You don't know what he might have said to her. He might have said "if you scream I'll kill you."

There is a great video and, in some places, a self defense program that goes with it.

The Safe Side - Teach your kids to stay Smart, Cool and Safe


He could have, but im pretty sure the girl would have mentioned that.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:19 PM
 
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What kind of mother lets her seven year old that out of sight....?
A stupid mother.
This is very common in the area where I am, the parents assume the kids are ok, & care a lot more about their damn shopping than watching where the kids are.

I have personally witnessed it quite a few times. And I have also personally helped lost kids that were freaking out, to safely go to the store personnel & track down their stupid parents.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Hyrule
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You don't know what he might have said to her. He might have said "if you scream I'll kill you."

There is a great video and, in some places, a self defense program that goes with it.

The Safe Side - Teach your kids to stay Smart, Cool and Safe
I agree, some kids are use to being watched by virtual strangers as well. They need to be taught how to detour. Good for that little girl!
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:27 PM
 
Location: You know... That place
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What child wouldnt scream? I would think any child over the age of 3 maybe even 2 would scream if some stranger came up and grabbed them, its basic human nature to survive even children have that.
Here is another video with more information including hearing from the girl. It turns out she was taught to kick and scream.
Caught on Tape: 7-Year-Old Girl Fights Off Would-Be Kidnapper | Fox News Insider

This is something that is very important to teach to our children.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: here
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He could have, but im pretty sure the girl would have mentioned that.
Bottom line, Ohio, is please, please, please teach your daughter to scream and run away. Please do not assume she will just do it.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:46 PM
 
Location: southern california
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i think kids and parents need to stick closer.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:03 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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A stupid mother.
This is very common in the area where I am, the parents assume the kids are ok, & care a lot more about their damn shopping than watching where the kids are.

I have personally witnessed it quite a few times. And I have also personally helped lost kids that were freaking out, to safely go to the store personnel & track down their stupid parents.
Exactly!
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:09 PM
 
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A stupid mother.
This is very common in the area where I am, the parents assume the kids are ok, & care a lot more about their damn shopping than watching where the kids are.

I have personally witnessed it quite a few times. And I have also personally helped lost kids that were freaking out, to safely go to the store personnel & track down their stupid parents.
There is more to it than that, I think. Kids that age want some independence, and it is important to give them a little bit. I'm not saying it is ok to let your child wander the store alone. I do think it is ok to let them go an aisle over to get something, if you know where they are, and they aren't very far away.

Do you let your 7 yo play on the playground while you sit on a bench? I bet they could be a lot farther away than this mom might have been.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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Talk about damned if you do and damned if you don't.

Watch a kid incessantly and you're accused of being a helicopter parent, let a kid walk into another aisle and you're a "what kind of parent" parent.

Geez.

The child was taught what to do if grabbed by a stranger. Which was exactly the right parenting action.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:15 PM
 
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There is more to it than that, I think. Kids that age want some independence, and it is important to give them a little bit. I'm not saying it is ok to let your child wander the store alone. I do think it is ok to let them go an aisle over to get something, if you know where they are, and they aren't very far away.

Do you let your 7 yo play on the playground while you sit on a bench? I bet they could be a lot farther away than this mom might have been.
No, there isn't more to it than that. How many kids go missing every year? Look it up. There is no excuse for stupidity. I don't care what the kid wants. Either the parents are smart & know where they are at all times or they are inexcusably stupid. I see a lot of stupidity, & I personally detest it.
Every time there's a new missing kid, I wonder if the parents were actually neglectful, by allowing the kids to run off, in the store....with no supervision.

And the comparison doesn't hold water. People shopping are really not paying attention, whereas in a park more than likely the kids are the only thing to pay attention to.
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