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Teaching Children About Strangers

As parents, teaching children about strangers is very important for our kids' safety. The friendlier your children are, the more of a risk they face with malicious strangers. Of course, you should not encourage your child to be unhealthily introverte

This is an image of the numbers 911 which is the number to call the policeAs parents, teaching children about strangers is very important for our kids' safety. The friendlier your children are, the more of a risk they face with malicious strangers. Of course, you should not encourage your child to be unhealthily introverted, nor should you try to shelter your child from the world. But they do need to understand the potential danger of a stranger. This is a very important thing that we all need to teach kids as soon as they start comprehending things. And we all need to be and stay consistent with it.


This is something that I fear all of the time, because my one child is so friendly with everyone while my other will not talk to anyone at all even if I tell him it is okay. As soon as he warms up to you then he will start to talk and play. But my other will just go up to any one and introduce himself and try to strike up conversation. My husband and I do talk to him about it all of the time but it does not change what he still does. Below is a list of tips on how to teach children about stranger danger!

Tips on how to teach your children about strangers

    This is an image of a bunch of children holding up a safety sign.Stranger Danger for Kids 101
  1. We need to talk to our children and teach them the difference as to who it is okay to talk to and who it is not okay to talk to. Teachers, police, firemen, and anyone else whose job is emergency medical service. And then there are just random people that try to come up and talk to children.
  2. Teach you child their full name, phone number, address and anything else of other importance they will need to know if they have to go to a police man or woman.
  3. Do the buddy system. If they are going out make sure someone else is going to be with them at all times.
  4. Tell them if a car should try to stop them, do not go up to the car for any reason at all, no matter what the person is trying to tell them. They should run as fast as they can to a cop or someone else they know is a safe person to be around.
  5. If you see that some one is following you, write down or remember the tag number and tell an adult that you know.
  6. If there is some one that has grabbed you and is trying to take you, then kick, scream, hit, bite, yell as loud as you can, letting people know that this is not your parent or some one you know.
  7. If the child is old enough make sure they have a phone and or some kind of protection on them at all times if you know that will be walking some place by themselves.
  8. If they are home alone tell them do not answer the door unless you know who it is. If someone is trying to enter the home forcefully then call the police right away and also call someone you know that lives close to you to come right away.
  9. Always stay with you parent or guardian when at any kind of store, never walk away from them. There could be a child predator anywhere around you, just waiting to get them.
  10. If for any reason at all you and your child should get separated in a big crowd and some one is trying to grab the child up tell them to make a scene: scream, make loud noises and make all the commotion you can so others will see and catch on to what is happening.
  11. If your child is home alone, they should understand that they should never announce this to anyone, in any way, either to someone at the door, online, or over the phone

Teaching your Child About Strangers

This is an image of mcgruff the safety dog. He has a tan jacket and is waving.These are just a few things you can teach your child about stranger danger and how to prevent being hurt or taken by another individual. This is a very serious and concerning thing that all children and adults need to be aware of and know first hand what to do in a situation they may not be able to stop from happening. Obviously, not all strangers are bad, but the odds are if a stranger approaches a child, they mean to do them some kind of harm. It is rare that a stranger would need to talk to or approach a child with which they are unfamiliar, so in most cases, this kind of situation is a dangerous one. Children should understand that adult strangers rarely, if ever, need to talk to them. Normal adults who are unfamiliar with a particular child tend to know about stranger danger, so they respect the notion that even if they had a reason, they should not approach a child they don't know.



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Discussion on Teaching Children About Strangers
Posted On: 06/05/2011 01:38:31 PM
Ask the child if a child can help an adult ? What can a child do? can a child use a phone, drive a car, read a map, run as fast as an adult to catch a runaway dog, help give medication? Strangers use the word "help" (key word is "help" ) can you "help" me find my dog, can you help me find my gold neclace in the grass my eyes are bad "help" me find this adress, can you "help" me reach the dropped keys, you have small fingers ect... ask the child if a child CAN help an adult? Let the child know that if an stranger asks them for help(its a trick word, a key word) it is a trick. Only an adult can help an adult. Only way a child can help an adult is to go run and get another adult and tell them to help the original adult. If a stranger asks for "help"(trick word) with a lost dog the child should possibly do 4 things 1. say only one word "wait" (the child's trick word). This should prevent the stranger from grabbing the child on the spot and it will prevent the stranger from looking at other children temporarly. 2. RUN 3. TELL. Tell an adult you know, a mom/an officer/store clerk,teacher, all these adults are "TELLING ADULTS". A teenager, other stranger, are"NOT-TELLING ADULTS" only tell these people if there is no "TELLING ADULTS" to talk to.The child must tell someone. 4.FINISHED, your job is done, never return to the original stranger unless you have an "TELLING ADULT" holding your hand. What happens after is in the "TELLING ADULTS" control, mayber the original stranger leaves the scene quickly because he was an abductor or maybe it was someone who really did loose their dog More explanation for the child.... The child may feel bad about the stranger waiting. What happens when someone waits? ask the child ? Is is bad to make someone wait? Will the waiting person stand there all night waiting? or will they in a few minutes ask someone else for help or phone for help? Explain to the child that their "job" is done. Enforce the idea of "HELP BY TELLING" maybe they can use this skill in other situations, such as other horrible situations that could occure. Let them know of other trick words that people use like "SECRET"(abuse cases).Let the child know to "HELP BY TELLING " to a "TELLING ADULT" . If the child tells a "NOT-TELLING ADULT" chances are that the person will not do anything and the child will become hopeless and think abuse is a normal! But telling someone is better than telling no one. But back to the 4steps SAY WAIT, RUN, TELL FINISHED If they can not find anyone to tell at all (this is rare) , then they CAN NOT help the stranger and CAN NOT RETURN. NO RETURNING TO SAY "I CANT HELP YOU" and the stranger who is an adult will help themselves somehow, by leaving, phoning, ect... The stranger will not chase the child hopefully if the child gives the impression that the child will be back, the CHILD WILL NOT GET HURT IF THE CHILD IS NOT THERE so they must do step 2 RUN. Tell the child that they can not get hurt if they are not there. Unfortunatly most criminals are people that the child knows, and are not strangers. The same rule can apply. If the child's neighbor asks the child for help child must. Say "WAIT" RUN TELL,FINISHED. The child must know possible trick words that adults use like "Help" "secret" the child has a tick word too "Wait" but they must follow the steps. Unfortunatly stangers can use their own children to lure other children I think the rules still would work. Fortunatly there is more adults who care about children than want to harm them. PLEASE INFORM ME MORE, THIS IS JUST MY OPINION AND IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE A GOOD ONE. I WORK WITH CHILDREN, BUT IT IS THE PARENTS RESPONSIBILITY TO TELL THEM ABOUT STRANGER DANGER YES?
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