News Release

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Contact: Ridgely Ingersoll, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

“Stranger Danger” Offers Tips on Keeping Children Safe

Free Public Program at CHKD August 21

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—In preparation for the beginning of a new school year, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is again offering its popular program “Stranger Danger” for parents and their children ages 3 to 13 on August 21, 6:45-8:15 p.m., at the hospital’s Brickhouse Auditorium, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk. During the program, experts from CHKD, local law enforcement agencies and RESPONSE will offer children separate, age-appropriate workshops on how they can protect themselves and, in another forum, educate parents on ways they can minimize a child’s risk of being harmed by an adult. The parents’ workshop will address: teaching children to be cautious without instilling fear; lessening the chances of child abduction; what to do if their child goes missing; and safe Internet use. The children’s workshops will address: playing outside; walking to school; shopping; using the Internet; and spending time at friends’ homes. The program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. For more information or to register, call (757) 668-7500 or to the Community Calendar. CHKD serves the comprehensive medical and surgical needs of children throughout Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.