After the murder of Jessica Ridgeway, many parents are struggling with how to protect their own children from predators and what to tell their children.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) said approximately 35 percent of attempted abductions of children occurred when the child was going to and from school or school-related activities.
A seven year study by NCMEC showed that the children who were successful in escaping an attempted abduction did the following:
"We know that teaching children about safety makes a difference, and we encourage parents and guardians to talk to their children so they know what to do in a real life situation," said John Ryan, CEO of NCMEC. "Teach your children to recognize and get out of dangerous or uncomfortable situations right away and practice basic safety skills with them."
So what can do you?
NCMEC suggests the following:
Learn more about how to protect your children online. This new FBI website is directed toward teachers, but can also help parents.