Posted on: July 26, 2017
Some children are friendly with everyone. Others seem to hesitate and shy away from new people. Regardless of your child’s personality, it is important for them to learn about stranger danger. Following are basic guidelines for talking with your child(ren). Think about creating a drill, like you would for fire safety, should your child ever be approached by someone who means them harm.
What the Experts recommend:
- Be extremely careful about who you teach your child is a “safe adult.” If you are unsure, stay with your child.
- Let them know who the trusted adults are in their lives. Remember, however, that many adults in trusted positions hurt children.
- Practice dangerous situations with your child and show them how to say no, run away, and how to make a bunch of noise if they are in an uncomfortable situation. Don’t assume once is enough, review regularly.
- Teach children what kind of touching is appropriate and inappropriate.
- Kids can and should always tell a safe adult if someone does something that hurts them or makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Teach children to always let a trusted adult know where they are going.
- Kids should play and travel in groups. Being alone makes them more susceptible to being hurt.
- Teach your kids that adults should ask for help or directions from adults, not children. Often abductors trick kids into going with them by offering candy, toys or baby animals.
- Teach your child to tell you right away if someone gives them a gift or extra attention.
- If an abductor is actually grabbing a child, they should fall on the ground, kick, scream, bite, and fight as hard as they can and make as much noise as they can.