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Officials offer tips for keeping children safe

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Officials say the girl abducted in Wyoming was lured into the suspect's vehicle when he asked her to help him find his missing puppy.

In light of these recent abductions, Beartooth NBC's Jill Jagelski talked with local officials about keeping children safe and the importance of talking to them about dealing with strangers.

Parents do everything they can to protect their children.  But how are they protecting themselves, when parents aren't around?

Ryan United President, Derek Vanluchene, says talking with children and educating them about strangers is important.

Vanluchene says, "The biggest thing is communication, know where your child is know who they are with, know what their plan is for the day but the biggest thing is to talk to them about certain situations."

Vanluchene says it is necessary to bring up these topics in everyday conversations.  With the prevalence of the internet, Helena Police Detective Brian Fisher says parents should be aware of more than children walking to school or hanging out at a playground.  He says it's also important to keep an eye on the technology children are using.

Fisher says, "Basically need to watch and pay attention to what social network site or what computer internet sites their kids are accessing, this includes not only the home computer but through smart phones as well."

Fisher says the use of these electronics only increases a child's risk of coming in contact with a predator.  Even with technology, Vanluchene says there is no reason to live in fear, but instead be aware and educated.  To learn more about protecting children, click here.


Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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