Emergency: A Child Asks For Help! What Would You Do?

Sometimes, we can find ourselves in situations that require lightning-fast decision-making. Most people rely on their intuition or listen to their heart. But at the same time, when you shut off your brain, you risk getting in trouble.

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Here is a situation that can easily happen in real life. Imagine that it’s happening to you and try to solve the problem.

A woman is walking in a city and is suddenly approached by a crying child. The little girl says that she lost her mother and she saw her enter one of the house yards. And now the child asks you to take her to her mother because she will be very angry that she had to wait for so long. Which of these actions is the right one in your opinion?

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Now, let's consider the possible developments of each of the suggested options.

Scenario 1. Take the child to the mother

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Obviously, most people will choose this option without a second thought. However, there are a number of things that don’t quite add up here. First, you may start wondering: why would a mother enter somewhere, leaving her child behind and later scolding her for making her wait? There have been cases when fraudsters use children to lure naive passersby into the alleys to be robbed. Therefore, don’t run somewhere with a stranger, even if you are told someone needs help – not at least until the story checks out.

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Scenario 2. Ask passersby for help

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This option is rather questionable due to the unpredictable nature of people’s reaction. Some people may actually help, while others – on the contrary – can be rude. In case the child is in fact in distress, a negative reaction of strangers can scare the child even more and aggravate the situation.

Scenario 3. Call the police

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Probably the right option, which also has a number of pitfalls. For example, you may have problems with it being a false alarm, particularly if the child is just being naughty and not in any trouble. So, before calling the police, make sure to find out all the circumstances. Ask the names of the parents; check if they are not somewhere nearby (exercising caution, of course!) You can ask the child for the parents’ phone number and call them while remaining on the street with the child.

Which option did you choose? Is there anything else you can do? Let us know in the comments!

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