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Keeping kids safe from child predators

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SHELBURNE, Vt. -

News of the release of high-risk sex offender Timothy Szad may have some parents wondering how to talk about the dangers of child predators with their kids.

Shelburne police are sharing some simple tips. They say parents should stay calm when talking with their kids. Identify who your kids can go to if they're lost, like a police officer or a mom with children. Make sure your child knows it's OK to say no if someone tries to touch them or makes them feel uncomfortable and, most importantly, remind your children not to go anywhere with strangers.

"What I tell my own children is when we go different places I may just stop and I may just say, 'If you were going to get lost right now, who would you go to?' And they may identify somebody in a uniform, somebody in a shop or somebody with children, and we'll stop and talk about that and it's a teachable moment," Shelburne Police Cpl. Jon Marcoux said.

Parents are also reminded to make sure kids have good contact information with them when they leave the house and know that it's OK to come to you if someone is making them feel scared or uncomfortable.

The Vermont Sex Offender Registry has some additional safety tips. Click here for a link to the website.

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