Child safety seminars this weekend help kids stay safe

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PEORIA, Ariz. -- "Stranger danger" was a message we all got when we were younger. But now those dangers have expanded, and it's important to prepare kids for anything.

On Friday's Good Morning Arizona, Javier Soto gave us a preview of a child safety demonstration that's taking place this weekend in Peoria.

"We're offering a 9:30 a.m. and an 11:00 a.m. class tomorrow (Saturday) morning here at the Peoria community Center," says a spokesperson with City of Peoria. "It's the Red Dragons Abduction Prevention 'I Won't Go' program."

Children will learn how to avoid a possible abduction from an attacker. They'll learn to recognize dangerous people, move away from them and use the power of their legs.

"Pretty much this is the worst-case scenario for the children," says Danielle Fuselier with Red Dragons. "They come home from school or they're walking home or walking to the park, and someone picks them up and grabs them. What we're telling them to do is to not panic. You need to use your strength. Find your focal points. Get your feet up against the door. Don't let them get in. Fight. Head-butt. Pull fingers; break fingers. Do whatever you can to get away from the situation."

The experts say kids' legs are stronger than their upper body, and they should do everything they can to tire out their attackers. "They really only need about 15 seconds of fighting and yelling," says Fuselier. "Hopefully long enough that a passerby recognizes it and sees what's going on and can get in there and help them."

The seminars also teach kids confidence and to trust their gut in any situation. "Follow that gut instinct," she says. "If they see someone walking toward them and they get a funny feeling, it's okay to turn around and walk in the other direction. Cross the street; go find another adult."

If a child does get pulled into a car, experts tell the kids to look for the lock and unlock buttons and try to get free and get out of the vehicle.

Child Abduction Demo: Safety tips that can save your kid's life
Saturday, March 22
Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson (83rd Avenue south of Peoria Avenue)
There is still an opening for the 11:00 a.m. Kids Presentation Class for ages 6-8
The fee is $15 for Peoria residents and $24 for non-residents.
Registration can take place at the Community Center.
There are some upcoming classes as well.
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