Q & A With John Walsh: Is Your Child's Cellphone Making Him a Target?
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1. Whether it's a child, or an adult, if you notice someone following you what is the best action to take?
John Walsh: If you notice anyone, whether child or adult, following you, I would suggest that first and foremost you have access to a mobile device that will get you immediate contact to emergency help such as having your cell phone out and ready to dial 9-1-1 or taking out the 5Star Responder to push a button that will connect you to Certified Response Agents or 9-1-1 operators. Getting someone on the phone and ready to assist you will: 1) allow emergency responders to know where you are and 2) deter a potential attacker. Secondly, I would suggest walking or running up to a group of people (preferably to someone in law enforcement or a security guard) or into a store/well-populated and well-lit area.
2. When out in public, do electronic devices (phones, iPads, laptops, video games) make your kids a target for criminal activity against them?
John Walsh: Electronic devices do not necessarily make your kids a target, and having them know how to use technology responsibly can benefit them, and in the case of cell phones, can even be a form of protection when they are out in public. However, the more important question is how these devices are being used in public and if they are distracting your kids from being aware of their surroundings and the people around them. For example, I strongly urge both adults and kids not to wear headphones when walking or jogging alone. When you’re outside your home, you need to know where you are and your surroundings.