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Keeping Kids Safe

With the recent alleged child abduction attempt at Sheppard Air Force Base, many Texoma parents want to know what they can do to keep their children safe when they aren’t around. It’s important for Texoma parents to teach their children to be aware and prepared in case of an emergency.

Knowing self-defense and ways to keep yourself and your children safe is crucial when in a dangerous situation.  The Head Instructor of Red River Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu always teaches his students to be safe.

"We teach our students how to be aware, how to be vocal and how to approach strangers. We don't want our students to be afraid, so we set them up with tools for success and to teach them how to be productive members of society," said Ben Lozano.

Lozano also adds, self-defense teaches his students more than just safety.

"Self-defense is very important because it helps our students with exercise and fitness. Self-defense also helps our students increase their self confidence, social interaction and most importantly safety. As parents we can’t be with our children 24/7. We send our children to school, and other locations where we as parents aren’t around, so it’s very important for kids to how to stand up for themselves," said Lozano.

Self-defense isn’t the only preventative measure parents can learn to keep their children safe, there are much more helpful tips and information.

"Talk to your kids about stranger danger. Also talk to them about not talking to strangers and not getting into cars with strangers, plus there is online safety.  Don’t give out your address and don’t let people know you’re at home by yourself. Make sure the kids know their names, their address and know safe places to go to. If they are out by themselves, teach your child that there are safe places that they can go," said Public Information Officer for the Wichita Falls Police Department, Brandie Banda.

Other helpful tips to ensure that you and your family are always  prepared for any dangerous situation,  is to always have an updated picture and fingerprints of your child and when they out  in public with friends,  make sure you know where they are at all times.

In Texoma and across the nation, the safety of our children is always at a level of high importance. It is key to teach your kids helpful tips about dangerous people and situations before they leave the house.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6
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