Nancy McBride gives some basic children safety tips, and discusses if older children should be dropped off at the mall alone
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Host: Should older children be dropped off at the mall alone? Nancy McBride: Older children should really not be dropped off at the mall alone because we know perpetrators look for access and opportunity to go into look for places where kids are. We actually did a new segment on this very issue. We know it is easy to trick younger kids but what about the older kids and we sent a person into a mall setting who had a clipboard claiming to be from MTV and he approached even groups of teenage girls and teenage boys, he approached some of them alone, he approached some of them together and he said Hey, I really want to make you a star we are doing a program, you have got the right look, come with me and we will get a release for your parents to find , and invariably the kids went because a lot of kids are enticed with that whole promise of stardom. So, we want to make sure the kids understand, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true and the same rules apply in a mall setting as they do at any other setting of your life. Do not talk to people you do not know, do not go with them anywhere and do not fall for their tricks.