While I was making dinner Sunday evening, I was listening to my local news station, WABC-7. In the New Jersey town, Leonia, a man is targeting young woman ranging from the age of 12-16. It compelled me to write this blog. We need to empower our children. The girls that were targeted all did the right thing: They kept their distance from the predator, went to a business to get an authority figure to let them know what was going on. The teen was able to identify one of the letters in the license plate. It doesn’t matter what season- predators are out there. Even in the bold chilling cold as these attempted abductions took place. Please go to http://www.rosebrucia.org and click on the free curriculum tab. There you will get all the info you need to empower your children. Knowledge is power. Here are some tips you can share right how. I’m Lori Ann LaRocco and I practice Stranger Safety– Do you??
KEEPING YOUR SPACE SAFE WITH MIRRORING
Stand face to face with a friend. Stay far enough apart so you cannot touch each other. In other words, keep a personal space between you both. Now, copy the actions of the other person: if they smile, you smile; if they frown, you frown. Lift your left arm. Keep in place and do other motions. Look to see the other person’s reaction. It’s almost like Simon Says. Now, take one step forward. This is where this activity is different than Simon Says. In this activity called MIRRORING, as one person steps forward, the other person steps BACKWARDS! THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE ACTIVITY. Practice it again and again. Make it into a habit. Change how many steps are taken. Try it with two steps. Now try it with a third step. IF PERSON MOVING FORWARD TAKES A THIRD STEP, THE PERSON MOVING BACKWARDS TURNS AND RUNS AWAY.
THE PERSON BEING APPROACHED MUST NEVER LET THE OTHER PERSON GET CLOSE ENOUGH TO GRAB THEM!
Practice this at home with your family. Remember, practice makes it a strong habit. Stranger Safety is not something you know about. It is a part of your everyday habits. It can become a skill.
Pretend you are Red Riding Hood and you are going to Grandma’s house. Use the following pages to make a Wolf hand puppet and use it to help you tell your family how you would get there as safely as possible. Remember the mistakes Red made and try not to make them yourself.
Everyone at the Rose Brucia Educational Foundation urges you to proudly say, I PRACTICE STRANGER SAFETY!