6-Year-Old Escapes Kidnapper Using Simple Skills -- Would Your Child Know What to Do? (VIDEO)

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In what is no doubt every parent's worst nightmare, a 6-year-old girl kicked and screamed to escape a kidnapper who grabbed her at a park in California yesterday.

She was playing near a picnic area when the man attempted to take her, but she must be a pretty strong-willed little girl, considering she put up quite a fight when he started pulling her away.

Check out this video clip to hear more about what happened -- in broad daylight. (OMG. So scary.)

Wow. It's such a relief to hear that she was able to get away and that the man has been arrested, but this child's story definitely serves as a strong reminder that there's always the possibility of our own kids being faced with a similar situation. As frightening as it sounds -- we have to educate them about what to do if a stranger approaches them and/or tries to abduct them, and give them tips for how to prevent it.

More from The Stir: 11 Simple Things Moms Do Daily to Keep Their Kids Safe (PHOTOS)

  1. Yell and Scream -- This 6-year-old was right to yell and try and get away. Teach your kids to scream, "This person is not my mother or father!" (As a mom, wouldn't that catch your attention and let you know a child was in distress?)
  2. Adults Shouldn't Ask Questions -- Let your kids know that adults who are strangers should not be turning to children to ask questions or to ask for help. They should be asking other adults; otherwise, they might be trying to trick the child into going somewhere with them.
  3. Use a Code Word -- Establish a code word with your children that they can use if an adult they don't know approaches them. If that adult does not know the secret word, he/she is a stranger and your child should not go with them.
  4. Bad Behavior Is OK -- Make sure your child knows that it's acceptable to act out of character if someone is trying to harm them or lure them away. Unruly behavior will catch the attention of other adults who can help.
  5. Safety in Numbers -- Kidnappers are much more likely to go after children who are playing/walking by themselves. Teach your kids to always stay with a group at the park, walking to school, at the bus stop, etc.
  6. Defend Yourself -- We teach our kids up and down all day that fighting is bad, but in the case of someone trying to take them, they need to know that it's ok to hit, kick, punch -- whatever they need to do to try and get away.

What do you teach your kids about stranger safety?


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LostS... LostSoul88

would help if you actually posted the video. 

nonmember avatar Christie

A little girl was just taken from my area recently and we're all on edge. I just had this talk again with my 7 year old daughter. Another thing to add to the list is that the threats the kidnappers make are a lie. The "i"ll hurt your family if you scream/tell/fight back" I told her they are lying and don't believe them.

Foley... Foleygirl24

My mom used to make me watch all those episodes Oprah used to show about child safety and how to defend youself as a kid. The two things I remember now are 1) if they pick you up, go for their eyes and shove your fingers in them as hard as you can and 2) if they are trying to grab you and you can't get yourself free, drop to the ground and wraps your legs around their one leg and your arms around their other leg and start screaming for help- then they can't move, and they also can't pick you up! Oh, and if you are thrown in the trunk of a car to look for the trunk release, and if there isn't one then start pulling wires to make the brake lights go out.

RoseL... RoseLiMom

so scary, thank God this little girl is safe

Danica Boutte

Such a strong little girl!  Thank God she got away!

nonmember avatar Lily

Glad she got away. We need to keep Pedos locked up for life. No second chances!!!!!!!!!!!!
My kids have been watching The Safe SIde, a video on stranger safety since they were 2 and half. They know who their safe side adults are and know to scream "this is not my mom/dad" at the top of their lungs. The video taught them that bad people look just like anyone else and teaches them examples of how a perpetrator might try to trick them by luring them by asking for help finding a puppy. It gives tons of useful info that kids can use and it makes it fun to watch.

missy... missybest

Glad the little girl got away.  No mention of parents or anyone with her, however.  My goodness, a 6 year old is not old enough to be a park alone.

Venae Venae

Would she have known what to do if mom had handed her over to her new "Uncle Donald" at the WalMart?  Sometimes kids have to be protected from their parents.

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

Seriously Venae? You didn't get enough of judging the woman over on the original thread?

Sandy Baker

I'm really glad that little girl got away. I told my daughter the same thing. Kick,scream,bite,punch, etc. Whatever it takes to get away. I hope ever parent goes over all the different scenarios with their children.

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