Teaching your kids the difference between good and bad strangers

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The recent cases of attempted child kidnappings in the St. Louis area have parents on edge and taking steps to help protect their children.

Parents determined to protect their children from predators are talking with them more and more about safety.

The conversations are taking place on the heels of five recent attempts of strangers trying to kidnap children in the St. Louis area within the last two weeks.

Child safety advocates stress it's important for moms and dads to emphasize all strangers are not dangerous and to help their youngsters distinguish between good and bad strangers.

St. Peters Police Officer Melissa Doss plays a game with her seven year old daughter designed to help her identify good strangers to go to for help, if she's lost in a mall or elsewhere.

“I do that at the park, too. You’re lost now. Who are you going to go to? She'll point to who is a safe stranger. Then I ask her to tell me why then we discuss it. Another thing we do is talk about observation skills. In the police world, being observant will save your life,” she said.

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