The New Safety Rules for Kids

Yell and tell. Find a mom. Protecting children goes beyond Don't talk to strangers

The experts can tell us that a child's being snatched by a stranger is rare and that these kinds of kidnappings are not on the increase. But every time it happens--and it happened again last week when Samantha Runnion, 5, playing just outside her apartment, was taken, screaming, and murdered--it strikes at our primal fear that we cannot protect our children against the incidental malice of the universe. But experts say parents can teach some basic safety lessons and reinforce them regularly:

YELL AND TELL. Ernie Allen, head of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, says the old adage "Don't...

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