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 firefightersTeachers, principals and librarians who are at workPoint 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 helpSomeone who invites a child in to their home for a snackSomeone who asks your child if they want a ride home from school or the parkSomeone who follows your child home from schoolSomeone who makes your child feel bad or uncomfortable
Recognizing Dangerous SituationsSomeone who ask children to disobey their parent(s)Someone who pressures children to do something with out asking their parent(s) for permissionSomeone who asks a child to keep a secretSomeone who makes your child feel uncomfortable in any wayAn 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 havenGO – Tell the child to always have a safe haven in sight or in close proximityYELL – Tell the child to yell as they run away to the nearest safe havenTELL – Encourage the child to tell their parents or safe stranger what happened that made them feel uncomfortableAlways make sure your child (or children) is in a safe environment and always under adult supervision, or with friends.
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