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The Toledo area has experienced a slew of stranger danger incidents – men or women approach children to possibly attempt to abduct them. Now Toledo Police are using an annual program to help teach children how to stay safe.
Parents worry when their child heads off to school for the first time. The TPD runs a program each year for children going into Kindergarten. The 8-day program is called "Safe T-City," and it aims to keep kids safe in a number of ways.
On Thursday, the children learned how to cross the street safely, but they also learned about stranger danger. They learned what a stranger is, and how to respond if they are approached by one.
"What we try to have them do is become assertive, and yell, you know, ‘No, you're not my mom! No, you're not my dad!'" said Abe Cruz, of the Toledo Police Department. "And just cause commotion, you know, cause a scene, so that other people that are around know that you may be in trouble."
Sessions are 8:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. and Noon-2:30 p.m. They will be held June 24-July 3, July 8-July 17, and July 22-July 31.