What do I tell my children about this offender?

Don’t tell them the scary details about the crimes. Keep information general, as it may protect them from others who would harm them. The goal is that your child is educated about being safe from everyone including strangers, acquaintances, or family members who would victimize them.

Basic Do’s & Don’t Regarding Your Child’s Safety

  • Don’t accept a ride from anyone you do not know.
  • Have a code word your children will remember. Teach them what to do if someone who does not know the code word tries to give them a ride
  • Don’t allow your children to go into the home or yard of the offender, or any stranger.
  • Make sure your child knows who to tell if a stranger offers them toys, money, or gifts
  • Teach your children to play with others and in groups when they can
  • Your children should call 911 if you aren’t home and they are approached by a stranger.

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1. Why did the offender get so little time?
2. Why is the offender living in my neighborhood?
3. When is the sheriff's office going to move the offender out of my neighborhood?
4. How often do sex offenders really re-offend?
5. Are you going to tell us if the offender moves out of this neighborhood, so we don't have to worry anymore?
6. What do I tell my children about this offender?
7. Now that I know a sex offender lives in my neighborhood, what should I do differently to protect myself and my family?
8. Why do some offenders not have release conditions?
9. How can I get information on other offenders?
10. How can I report suspicious activity by an offender?