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Psychologist offers tips to ID sexual predators

February 03, 2001

Psychologist offers tips to ID sexual predators



If you're looking for signs of a molester, you might start with an adult whose only friends are children, said psychologist Paul F. Kradel.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children advises parents to know where their children are at all times and to learn their daily routines and social circles.

Other tips:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Notice changes in children's behavior.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Tell children to avoid uncomfortable situations and to tell an adult they know about them.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Pay attention if a teenager or adult is giving young children expensive or inappropriate gifts.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Be careful about babysitters or anyone with custody of a child, even temporarily.

Above all, parents should foster open communication in their children, Kradel said.

Whether it's about a headache or being touched in an awkward way, children should be able and willing to express themselves.

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"People should discuss this with children when they're 3 years old," Kradel said. "(Children) should communicate when they're in pain, when they're happy, when they're confused."

- Andrew Schotz

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