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Street smarts for kids : what parents must know to keep their children safe
Bentz, Ric.
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Publication Information:
New York : Fawcett Books, 1999.
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xii, 161 pages ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
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HQ792.U5 B46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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GIVE YOUR KIDS THE KNOWLEDGE AND THE CONFIDENCE TO KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE Child safety has never been more important to parents, yet today's overprotected, overprogrammed children may actually be more at risk than previous generations. That's why this new book is so vitally important. Street Smarts for Kids gives parents the concrete guidance they need to empower their children with essential safety skills. Written by a veteran police detective who conducts safety workshops across the country, Street Smarts for Kids discusses the high-risk situations that all kids face as they grow up--from crossing the street or riding a bike to the possibility of abduction and sexual abuse. You'll find here age-specific, skill-sensitive coverage, including - How to discuss dangers and crimes without raising fears - First-aid basics every child should know - How a "family code" can save your child's life - When it's safe for a child to be home alone - How to spot a pedophile--and what to do about it - The facts about child abductors and the common ploys they use - Rules of the "what if" game ("what if someone is following you home from school?" "What if you smelled smoke?") to impart critical safety information And much more. Grounded in common sense and filled with eye-opening insights, this is the safety manual that you--and your children--will rely on from the toddler years through adolescence. Remember: with preparedness comes peace of mind.

Author Notes

Detective Ric Bentz has been a member of the Kenosha Police Department since 1977. He is currently the coordinator of the Sensitive Crimes Unit, specializing in the prevention of missing and exploited children. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two sons.

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Library Journal Review

Dectective Bentz of the Kenosha, WI, Police Department and Allison, a children's writer, have compiled an outstanding tool for today's parents and caretakers concerning child safety. They cover topics that, sadly, both parents and children must be aware ofÄpedophiles, child abductors, and cyberspace safety threats. The authors also help parents identify certain characteristics in children that might make them vulnerable to strangers and give advice about how to address these issues with your child. The authors suggest that parents teach their children first aid basics, such as establishing a "family code," and other safety information. Their cautions are presented in clear, easy-to-understand ways. The book is intended for parents of children up to age 13, although there is a short chapter on teenagers. Questions and examples are geared toward the child's various levels of readiness. Essential for all public libraries.ÄMee-Len Hom, Hunter Coll. Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Welcome to My Worldp. 3
Chapter 1 Teaching Street Smartsp. 9
Chapter 2 The Lesson Planp. 17
Chapter 3 Pedophiles Among Usp. 36
Chapter 4 Child Abductorsp. 56
Chapter 5 Home Alonep. 77
Chapter 6 The "What If" Gamep. 96
Chapter 7 Kids in Cyberspacep. 109
Chapter 8 Street Smarts for Teensp. 123
Chapter 9 Street Smarts Q and Ap. 136
Last Wordp. 148
For More Informationp. 150
Indexp. 155