Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mum Pushes Stranger Danger

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mum Pushes Stranger Danger

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AFTER the recent spate of attempted child abductions across the region, Jakki King took her three children aside to chat about the dangers of strangers.

A child was approached near The Cathedral College on April 21, reportedly by "a very convincing man" who told the student their parents had asked him to collect the child from school because there had been a family situation and there was no one else available to collect him.

It followed an incident in Emu Park on April 19, where a "40-year-old man" tried to lure a 14-year-old boy into his car, while the boy was walking along Redman St.

Jakki, a Yeppoon mum, said she had taught her children about stranger danger but the recent events had prompted her to keep the conversation going.

"We tried to start really quite early, as soon as they are socially aware," she said.

"All my kids love people, they aren't shy, so from a very early age it kinda scared me just how approachable they seemed.

"Because they were so outgoing and drawn to other people, I had to talk to them from a fairly early age. …

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