As unthinkable as it may be, parents need to be aware of and learn how to talk to their kids about people who might want to hurt them.

The best way to keep your children from harm says Dr. Phil, is to get them involved in their own protection. Below is his advice on what to say to your child about how to avoid an abduction attempt.

1. Be situationally aware-follow your intuition.

2. Plan ahead and rehearse. There is no substitute for role-playing.

3. Your best defense is to run away.

4. Be prepared to fight as if your life depends on it. Use every weapon at your disposal: car keys, bicycle, mace, keychain, anything to disable and or create distance.

5. Make a scene. You do not want to be taken to a second location. Yell specific commands rather than just “help!“ Examples: • “A stranger is trying to take me away!“ • “A man with a knife is trying to hurt me!“ “A man in a hoodie is pulling me away! This is not my daddy!“ • “I’m being kidnapped! Come quick!“

6. Call 911. You have more time than you think.

7. Lie about your advantages. • “The police are watching and they’re coming right now!“ • “We are on video camera right now. They’re watching us, help is coming right now, you better run away.“ • “I saw you earlier and I already have your picture and emailed it.”

8. Make yourself as undesirable as possible. Urinate, defecate, vomit, anything you can do to be unpleasant.

9. Keep your wits about you. Information is power and everything you remember could be life-saving.

10. Never, give up hope, never give up the fight. That does not mean you should be antagonistic, that does not mean that it isn’t smart to be passively cooperative, but always be looking for a way out.

Watch the video above for an example on how you can teach your child to defend themselves against a potential predator through role-playing.

If your child is missing, or if you have information that could lead to the recovery of a missing child, please contact the National Crime and Information Center or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678

TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Have a story in the news?