Stranger Danger Tips for Kids
Speaking to Strangers
It may be a mistake to tell children that they should never speak to strangers. Kids may picture strangers as dirty or mean looking people, but many child molesters and predators are people who aren’t strangers at all. Predators are often people that the child knows and doesn’t suspect. A child should know how to ask someone trustworthy for help if they are scared, lost, or abducted.
Give your child confidence. Let them know they can fight, bite, kick, struggle, but best of all scream and holler for help if being hurt or abducted. Teach your child to trust certain people. If they are in danger they might ask another child, a security guard or police officer in uniform, a woman with children, a store clerk, a school teacher or church leader. Teach them the number of a trusted friend to call and help him or her. Teach the child their address and numbers they should contact to get home if they get lost. Teach them how to call free from a pay phone and how to call 911 and get help.
Habits for Keeping Safe
Your child should know that there is safety in numbers. Tell him or her to stick to places where more people are out and about in places that are well lit, especially if they feel threatened. Don’t put the child’s name on their shirts, jackets, backpacks or belongings where a predator will easily find it. Volunteer in the child’s school and in the community so you will know who is around. Meet the child’s friends and teachers so that you will have more insight if something is amiss.
It’s Ok to Say “No”
Your child should be wise to the fact that it is okay to say “no” to anyone who tries to do anything that they feel uncomfortable with. They should know never to accept gifts, candy or toys from a person without getting a parents permission. Always make sure that your child knows that he or she will not be punished for things that have made them uncomfortable. You don’t want them keeping secrets about creepy encounters with strangers.