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Stranger Danger 101: Keeping Our Children Safe

Updated: Jul 25, 2018

Monday, November 13, 2017

Doesn’t the thought of a child perpetrator being in the midst of where you are just make you cringe with worry and paranoia? 

Unfortunately, reality is such, where one can never anticipate when danger will arise. Perpetrators no longer fit the stereotypical description of ‘unkempt and shabby’ but instead disguised as innocent and helpful individuals loitering amongst us. 

Hence, as parents, the best way to protect your child is to teach them to be alert and ready to protect themselves.

Photo: Danger is lurking around everywhere. The best way to keep our children safe is to educate them

Kung Fu teacher and book author, Kevin B. Shearer explains well about the wise choice of being cautious. In his words, “When it comes to self-defence, it’s better to have the power and not to need it than to need it than not have it.” 

To guide you in how to keep your child safe from danger, Master Eric Khoo from SEN Master Academy introduces this centuries old self-defence method for today’s children to learn.

Timeless & practical

Self-defence is a preventive measure that teaches your child how to react when faced with a threat. 

Due to the pervasiveness of crime these days, such as kidnapping, sexual assault and bullying against children, Master

Eric stresses that there is a need for basic understanding of self-defence among children.

Though, he highlights that self-defence is not merely about fighting back.

He explains that, “Self-defence is also soft skills to be aware of your surroundings, learning what to do when a child is separated from their parents in a public space (such as a mall) or even basic rules of ‘stranger danger’.” 

Hence, all the more for you to encourage your child to pickup a thing or two about self-defence but where do you start?

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Taking the lead

Parents play a proactive role in empowering your child to learn how to defend himself or herself. Master Eric confirms that not just martial arts instructors but parents too can teach their child basic self-defence skills. 

Though, he emphasises that parents must first know the basics before teaching a child.

So, to help you out Master Eric, together with a student from SEN Master Academy, Soh Jing Kai, have demonstrated a few simple but useful martial art techniques that you can teach your child. 

#1: Front kick

An attempted grab on the child can be thwarted by directing a front kick towards the perpetrator towards the groin/lower abdomen area.

#2: Leg grab

An attempt to carry away a small child can be thwarted by teaching your child to forcefully dig or scratch his or her fingernails into the perpetrator's eyes or face. This causes irritation and pain. This is enough to let the child go and run to safety.

#4: 3-Step Sparring

These are pre-determined exercises in taekwondo, done by 2 practitioners. This set of moves teaches a child to attack, block and counter attack when facing an attacker.

Role-playing is a great way to bond!

Role-playing has been proven to be an effective way of learning among children. When teaching your child these self-defence techniques, use role-playing to help your child learn. 

Master Eric also emphasises that role-playing is a great way to bond with your child. There are many benefits a child can gain from learning self-defence, with the most important one being to stay safe and aware of danger.

Master Eric’s parting advice to parents is, “Besides, enrolling in self-defence classes, take some time to work on some self-protection options for the entire family.  An example would be to agree on a unique password between child and parent. In case a stranger tries to pick up the child from school with the excuse that the parent is too busy, the stranger must provide the correct password.”





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