Teaching Children About Stranger Danger is Important
Protecting Your Children is Protecting Your Home
Professional criminals and people with bad intentions will often follow children home to scope out how secure a home is. If a parent is not supervising their child, a criminal will assume that the home is not under supervision. Teaching your child about stranger danger is the safest way to keep your home and family secure. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, or NCPA, there are two type of strangers 1- bad strangers 2- good strangers. Because children see strangers every day, kids SHOULD NOT assume everyone is a bad stranger (misleading children about the world around them can be harmful to their psyche). Parents want to protect their children and the best way to do that is to teach children about suspicious behavior and precautions they should take to guard themselves.
Who Are Safe Strangers?
Police officers and firefighters
Teachers, principals and librarians who are at work
Point out safe strangers when in public (this helps kids learn the difference between bad strangers and good strangers)
Show children how to recognize safe places to go to if they are lost (such as local stores and restaurants)
Who Are Bad Strangers?
Someone who approaches your child in a park and asks for help
Someone who invites a child in to their home for a snack
Someone who asks your child if they want a ride home from school or the park
Someone who follows your child home from school
Someone who makes your child feel bad or uncomfortable
Recognizing Dangerous Situations
Someone who ask children to disobey their parent(s)
Someone who pressures children to do something with out asking their parent(s) for permission
Someone who asks a child to keep a secret
Someone who makes your child feel uncomfortable in any way
An Adult should never ask a child for help
What Should a Child Do If They Recognize a Bad Stranger?
NO – Tell the child to say no and run to the nearest safe haven
GO – Tell the child to always have a safe haven in sight or in close proximity
YELL – Tell the child to yell as they run away to the nearest safe haven
TELL – Encourage the child to tell their parents or safe stranger what happened that made them feel uncomfortable
Always make sure your child (or children) is in a safe environment and always under adult supervision, or with friends.