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July 19th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Stranger Danger

Every summer our local police department puts on a week long program called Safety City. At this program the kids learn about what to do during a fire, bike safety, approaching animals, what to do when you find a gun, and Stranger Danger. I love all the topics but one that I think is super important during this age is Stranger Danger.

It is important to tell your children that strangers look like normal people, they aren’t always scary looking. They can be in your neighborhood, at the store, or even in the park.  Teach your children they should NEVER take anything a stranger gives them, especially candy. I also tell my boys that they can tell me anything and I will not get mad at them.  This also applies to the rule that NOONE should touch their private parts.

The most important thing is to “rehearse” what your child will do if a stranger goes for them. My sons learned to yell:


Stay Away!

Leave me Alone!

And then to run as fast as they can away to someone they know or a police officer. They need to know that it is okay to say NO to a stranger, to scream, to fight, to kick when they feel unsafe. The rules of “respecting” grownups go away when children are afraid. Children have “gut” feelings just like us and should learn to follow them.

A scary topic for us as parents, but so important to talk with our kids regularly about strangers. Plus, as a parents, we should never get offended if a child acts weird towards us when just meeting us. They are labeling us a stranger and doing the right thing.

What tips do you have to teach about strangers?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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