He Sees You When You’re Sleeping…
You better watch out. You better not shout. You better not cry.
A silly song says that Santa sees you when you’re sleeping, and he knows when you’re awake. These simple words can be twisted by a pedophile to make a child be “good” to him. Innocent kids are easy prey, and the promise of a new toy can be exchanged for a hug that goes too far.
During the holiday season, emotions run high. Pedophiles, who feel they deserve a treat, know that sexual abuse of a kid can be well-hidden in all the rush and spirit of giving. There are so many ways to trick a child who is excited by a contemporary version of sugar plums dancing in their head.
If you are a parent, or responsible for a child, this is the time of the year when you need to be especially concerned about anyone who shows an unusual interest in your child. (Yes, this includes your relatives, older children and other people who you love.) Do your best to make sure the memories made this holiday are only happy ones for innocent kids.
If you have not educated your child with age-appropriate instruction about possible abuse, then do it today. Don’t put this duty on your list of New Year’s Resolutions for 2013. Please, do it now. Santa’s watching you too.