I saw this story this morning while browsing the news, and while this video is extremely disturbing it’s sadly becoming a very common occurrence throughout the country.
From thugs targeting innocent people on the streets in disgusting games they refer to as the “Knockout Game”, to criminals who feel emboldened after getting away with rioting and looting their own neighborhoods in Baltimore and Ferguson, there is an epidemic of violence sweeping the streets of America.
Earlier this month in Conway, Arkansas a 12-year-old boy was viciously attacked by a thug wearing brass knuckles, and not surprisingly the whole thing was recorded on a cell phone and uploaded to the internet for the world to see.
A warning before you watch the video: it is extremely graphic and disturbing. I usually don’t post things like this because often times it’s exactly what these sick people want; attention. But in this case, I think parents need to see it and wake up to the realities of the world that their children are living in.
I dedicated an entire section of my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World, to self-defense topics and understanding the criminal mindset. The world our kids are living in is a whole different world than we grew up in.
Help Your Child Develop Situational Awareness
- The number one thing you can do to protect yourself from violent attacks is to be aware of what’s going on around you.
- Don’t let your kid be a Zombie! Make sure they stay off their phone, remove the headphones, and pay attention. Criminals look for easy victims.
- Start when they are young. Take the time to show them examples of what they should be looking for while out in public. See who can find the most exits at the store, and who can spot the quickest way to those exit points from various spots in the store. These are the kinds of things that will prepare them to face threats and disasters.
- Teach them to be aware of their surroundings, and to start developing mental maps of places they visit. This will help them during any disaster including natural disasters, fires, or any other situation where they might have to make a quick exit.
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