What do I tell my children about the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP)?

Avoid scary details. You know more than your children need to know. Use language that is honest and age-appropriate (e.g. "there are people who do bad things to children"). Include general information, as this may protect them from others who would try to harm them as well. If your children are likely to have contact with the SVP or other registered sex offenders, you should show your children the sex offender's photo. 

In a manner that does not incite panic, instruct your children to avoid all contact with the SVP, even if the SVP's offense of conviction does not involve an offense against a child. Instruct them to avoid being in the vicinity of the SVP's residence or workplace. All sex offenders are prohibited from contact with children, and any contact should be reported to the supervising officer. Encourage your children to tell you if the sex offender initiates contact with them. 

Review the public safety materials with your children and encourage your children to tell you about any contact with the SVP or any other person who makes them feel uncomfortable. It is important to teach your children about appropriate and inappropriate contact and to encourage regular discussion about their interactions with other people.

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1. If this sex offender is so dangerous, why is he/she allowed in the community?
2. Why aren't communities notified when other types of sex offenders are released?
3. Isn't it just a matter of time before the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) commits another crime?
4. Now that I know that a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) lives in my community, what should I do differently to protect myself and my family?
5. What do I tell my children about the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP)?