The horrific four-hour abduction of an 11-year-old boy in Ranui will have parents worried about how to protect their children from predators.

Here's what you need to do.

Teach your child how to get safely to and from school and other places they go - whether they walk, bike or go by bus. Make clear rules about getting home.

Go to school with your child so that you can show them the safest route.

Point out places they can go for help when walking to and from places like school and the park.

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Teach the children to walk home together in twos or small groups, not alone. Make other arrangements if someone is away.

Meet the parents of children in your area and keep in touch.

Warn children about accepting rides or changing plans without your permission.

Teach them the tricks would-be abductors use, such as offering money or asking for help.

Encourage them to tell a trusted adult whenever anything or anyone makes them uncomfortable.

(Sources: New Zealand Police, KidSmartz)