I decided to at least get the word out to possibly prevent something like this happening in your neighborhood by starting with teachers and parents like us and teaming up with nationally acclaimed, award winner author Julia Cook. Julia has helped my class with things like tattling and blurting, but she has recently tackled a much more serious and scarier topic of predators in her new book Smarter Than Scoopers: Keeping Your Child Safe From Predators. If we, as educators and parents can spread this word to our children in the most non-threatening manner possible, maybe we could prevent further loss of children in this manner.
This book, written by Julia Cook, is an excellent tool to help parents, teachers, counselors and care givers equip children with safety skills to prevent child abduction in her typical, friendly, non-threatening manner. Smarter Than the SCOOPERS takes a refreshingly empathetic approach to the topic of personal safety from a child’s point of view. It is written to empower children with skills and confidence to make the right decisions in their daily, social interactions. Her approach taken in this book is geared specifically to children and Endorsed by Child Watch of North America and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,
SCOOP is an acronym to help children remember five personal safety strategies to keep them safe in everyday situations:
- be SMART,
- ZER”O” talking to people you don’t know very well
- keep people OUT of your personal space
- and always PAIR up.
Following suit of her strong conviction to help prevent kidnappings, Julia has offered to give Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business fans a FREE AUTOGRAPHED Scoopers poster upon purchase of her new book. Hanging the poster in your classroom or home will provide children a regular reminder of the steps to take for prevention of child abduction after reading and discussing Smarter Than the Scoopers. There is a limit on how many customers will receive the poster with purchase, so act fast. This offer of the free poster expires on August 6th, 3012.
As one teacher/blogger, I am not able to make a huge difference, but if we all unite and spread the word, it's hard to count how many children we can spread Julia's word to. Please unite with me to get this message to as many children as possible by sharing this post via your own parenting/teaching blog or FB fan pages.
Let's put a stop to child abduction by arming the ones who are effected with information that they understand and can relate to.