John Mark Karr Emergence Reinforces Need to Teach Children Basic Self-Defense

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While John Mark Karr will not be held for the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, his emergence reminds us that we have an obligation to teach our children to defend themselves against sexual predators. The Family Safety and Self-Defense Institute (http://www.familysafetyinstitute.com), the leading self-defense training organization for families, offers some simple techniques that even a four-year old can learn to stay safe. Five key lessons are included with this release.

While John Mark Karr will not be held for the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, his emergence reminds us that we have an obligation to teach our children to defend themselves against sexual predators.

The Family Safety and Self-Defense Institute (http://www.familysafetyinstitute.com), the leading self-defense training organization for families, offers some simple techniques that even a four-year old can learn to stay safe.

Five key lessons include:

1.    We don’t live in the same times that we did when we were growing up. In most neighborhoods, a registered sex offender lives within a mile of every home. For this reason, we must be extra vigilant. We should keep our children with us whenever possible, know where they are at all times, get to know their friends and parents, be sure our kids they do not dress too provocatively, and have frequent check-ins in case they are out with friends. Always have a way for your children to reach you, no matter how busy you may be.

2.    Let your children know that threats often come from people we know, including neighbors, friends, relatives, hired help, and schoolmates. Teach them about inappropriate conversations and touching, and help them develop their instincts.

3.    Constantly teach your children that – if they feel uncomfortable – it is perfectly fine to say “No!” and move away.

4.    Have frequent conversations with your children to be sure that no one is behaving inappropriately with them, including teachers, babysitters, and family members.

5.    If approached or grabbed, your children should know what to do. Teach them how to make a scene, including screaming for help until somebody comes, biting, scratching, kicking, and doing whatever it takes to break free.

Andrew Neitlich, Co-Founder of The Family Safety Institute, said, “Most children are taught good manners and civilized behaviors. We teach them not to yell, bite, scratch, or kick. But in the case of a possible sexual predator, kids need to rely on their most primitive instincts. It is crucial to be as inconvenient a target as possible, and to do things that are not normally considered appropriate in society.”

He added, “The more a child can do immediately, the better. It only gets harder to struggle and break free as an attack or abduction continues. Parents should rehearse scenarios with their kids over and over again.”

The Family Safety and Self-Defense Institute offers a free self-defense assessment on its website at http://www.familysafetyinstitute.com . In addition, the site offers a self-defense kit for families and children, and also certifies people to train men, women, and children in basic self-defense.

For more information, contact Andrew Neitlich at 941-539-9623.

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