Justice For Jessica
This weekend we started some Halloween celebrations, but we did so with heavy hearts and worried minds. Colorado is stunned by what has happened in our community, and it is impossible not to play the “what-ifs” in your mind. What happened to Jessica Ridgeway could have happened to anyone, and it puts an even more serious tone to the already serious issue that someone has been attempting to abduct children up near Arvada. Parents are finding themselves holding their children closer, second-guessing their choices and wondering how to keep them safe.
In light of the Jessica Ridgeway tragedy, 9news and Misty Montano held a #safekids twitter chat with the Denver Police and a specialist from Children’s Hospital so parents could get answers and suggestions on how to keep our kids safe. The conversation was enlightening, interactive, and very informative. The following questions and answers are compiled from that conversation.
1. What should I be telling my kids right now?
2. What are the best resources for me to use to help me have a #SafeKids talk with my kids?
3. How do you talk with preschool aged children about this?
4. How do you get a 6 year old to stop being so friendly to everyone?
6. How do I avoid saying too much & scaring my kids too much in a #SafeKids talk?
7. How do we know who to trust right now when the news is telling us it can be our neighbor or even our family?
8. Is there a way to make a #SafeKids talk fun and interactive?
9. How do I respond to my kids during #SafeKids talk when their response is "I can fight!"?
10. Should my kids have cell phones no matter their age, just in case?
11. How do you keep children safe when they have additional physical or cognitive challenges?
12. Abduction by stranger is rare, what do I tell my kids about danger from people they may know, even trust?
14. What are some other tips for child safety?
The answers in the chat are gathered from the Denver Police Department (@DenverPolice), Harley Rotbarts (@noregretsparenting), Rajean Bloomquist (@rajean), 9 News (@9News), @FamAlert, @maxweb, @SherryLSanders, Gina StAubin (@specialhappens), Lucretia Pruitt (@lucretiapruitt), Vicki Little (@mackidaurora), Marie Folmar (@mackidbroomfield)
Other helpful resources:
For every parent, all we can do is educate ourselves, educate our children, and be safe as we remember Jessica and all the other children that have been taken from their families. My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jessica Ridgeway. Rest in Peace, Jessica.
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