What's Your Child Safety IQ?

Take this quiz based on Gavin de Becker's best-selling book, Protecting the Gift.

Quiz

Take this quiz based on Gavin de Becker's best-selling book, Protecting the Gift.

1. How long could it take for your five-year-old to be lured out of the playground by a stranger?

  • My child knows not to leave the park with anyone he doesn't know.
  • 35 seconds.
  • 2 minutes.
  • 10 minutes.

2.
True or false: Children should be taught never to talk to strangers.

  • True.
  • Your child sees you break this rule all the time. You talk to strangers at the bank, at the supermarket, or simply because they're nice.
  • If your child is ever lost, talking to a stranger may be the single greatest asset she has. To seek assistance, describe one's situation, give a phone number, ask advice, and say "No" -- all these interactions require the child to speak with strangers. What you really want to avoid is your child going somewhere with someone.
  • False.
  • Your child sees you break this rule all the time. You talk to strangers at the bank, at the supermarket, or simply because they're nice.
  • If your child is ever lost, talking to a stranger may be the single greatest asset she has. To seek assistance, describe one's situation, give a phone number, ask advice, and say "No" -- all these interactions require a child to speak with strangers. What you really want to avoid is your child going somewhere with someone.
  • 3.
    What should you teach your child to do if she's lost?

    • Find a policeman.
    • Go the nearest person for help.
    • Go to the nearest woman for help.
    • Start crying and screaming for help.
    • Stay where she is because you'll find her.

    4.
    You hire a babysitter from a reputable agency. Later, you notice your baby exhibiting behavior you've never seen before. You call your doctor who assures you it's normal. But it continues, so you now wonder about the babysitter. What's next?

    • Fire your babysitter.
    • Shrug off the feeling that anything is amiss. Good child care is difficult to find.
    • Consult your pediatrician again.
    • Install a hidden camera in your house to observe what goes on when you aren't there.

    Your Results:

    1. How long could it take for your five-year-old to be lured out of the playground by a stranger?
    35 seconds.

    2.
    True or false: Children should be taught never to talk to strangers.
    False.

    3.
    What should you teach your child to do if she's lost?
    Go to the nearest woman for help.

    4.
    You hire a babysitter from a reputable agency. Later, you notice your baby exhibiting behavior you've never seen before. You call your doctor who assures you it's normal. But it continues, so you now wonder about the babysitter. What's next?
    Fire your babysitter.

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