Teaching your child to protect themselves

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Andover police say even though the case regarding two strangers approaching an 11-year-old girl was a misunderstanding, it is important if you see something suspicious to say something.

Eyewitness News talked to our personal protection expect to find out what you should teach your kids if someone tries to approach them.

"I think one of the most important things you can teach your kids is to walk with a group of kids. or walk with another kid," says Joe Schillaci.

Factfinder 12 investigator Rachel Skytta asked Schillaci what kids should do when they are walking down the street and encounter a truck following close by.

"I would tell a child that if you see a car that's following closely to you -- don't have any words, you just run as fast as you can. And if they start to get out you just scream as loud as you can," says Schillaci.

He encourages parents to teach their children to get a good look at the person if they are being followed by someone on foot.

"You know...just turn around and just walk backwards and look at them and let them know you're not going to let them pounce on you."

Schillaci says you should also teach kids to fight back when they're in danger.

"You fight. you bite. you gouge. you hurt. to get away from that situation."

In order for kids to know what to do, he says parents need to He says parents need to start the conversation.