12 Self Defense Tips for Children (video)

I’ve been focusing on older folks self defense lately, particularly the ladies, when I realized that I hadn’t pointed out self-defense tips for children yet! Here’s a decent video on the topic, though, I would add/emphasize a few things as well:

  1. Make LOTS of noise. Noise attracts attention and I’d figure that’s something predators don’t want.
  2. Use the elbows/forearms to strike if able. The elbow is stronger than your fist and can do more damage when at close range.
  3. Aim for the most sensitive areas of the body: eye, throat, groin and don’t hold back. Shove those eyeballs to the back of the skull. 🙂
  4. I liked that they taught the child to run around and away… that’s the best plan… even running around a trashcan could be enough.
  5. Bite! Yeah, it sounds nasty and that’s the point. Nobody likes being bit and if you can tear skin, that’s best.
  6. Use your head. That is, headbutt the bad guy if you’re being bear-hugged. A nice wallop to the chin may daze them enough to let you go.
  7. Squirm like crazy if you’re being held. Flail, kick, convulse like you’re at a Metallica concert (or whatever the kids listen to these days)… anything and everything is better than giving up.

I’d say the safety officer said it best in the video: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Amen!

Now, here’s five more from the video…

Author: Damian Brindle

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