I have a very heavy heart this morning after learning the body found in a Georgia landfill is indeed that of 7 year old Somer Thompson who disappeared walking home from school near Jacksonville, Florida. While authorities are trying to solve this murder, the community is on alert because a child killer is on the loose. I cannot imagine the horror Somer’s family is experiencing after losing their precious little angel.
Even though most people see children as blessings, there are monsters who sadly see them as “prey”. While we cannot put our children in bubbles (although as sick as this world is, I wish we could), what we can do is make sure to educate them on safety. As parents, we need to be aware of our surroundings and set up alerts from The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, to know when sexual predators move into our area.
Sit down with your children and review these child safety tips on preventing abduction. It is a scary subject to discuss; however, don’t you prefer to educate your children now instead of becoming another statistic? Awareness can help your children protect themselves.