Be wary, but not paranoid, of adults who have one or
several of these behaviors.
These common traits of sex offenders should help you raise the red flag on inappropriate relationships between adults and your children.
- Adults who seem preoccupied with children
- Single adults who work or volunteer with children's clubs/activities and frequently spend their free time doing "special" things with kids
- Adults who spend time volunteering with youth groups who do not have children in those groups
- Adults who seem to engage in frequent contact with children, i.e., casual touching, caressing, wrestling, tickling, combing hair or having children sit on their lap
- Adults who act like children when with children or who allow children to do questionable or inappropriate things
- Adults who want to take your children on special outings too frequently or plan activities that would include being alone with your child
- Adults who do not have children and seem to know too much about the current fads or music popular with children
- Adults that your children seem to like for reasons you don't understand
- Adults who seem able to infiltrate family and social functions or are "always available" to watch your kids
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children www.missingkids.com
The Polly Klaas Foundation
The Jessica Marie Lunsford Foundation
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