8 Things Every Parent Should Teach A Child About Strangers
October 17, 2018 16:20 By Mambee
We learn about kidnapping, assaults, and child abuse from the news, assuming that horrors like that could never happen to our children. However, it’s an illusion of safety and, even if all of us are familiar with the term “stranger danger”, not every parent is teaching kids about the ways to avoid it.
We don’t want to raise them as sociophobes, that’s for sure, but it's important that they learn to discern a safe situation from a dangerous one.
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Who is a dangerous stranger?
They are not necessarily a dark figure in a hat or a hood. They be may be a smiling and friendly man or woman, who would use the best camouflage of politeness to mislead a trustworthy child. A person we do not know, although welcoming, but who seems to have some intentions of their own.
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1. What strangers can we count on?
It’s important to be able to spot “safe” strangers, as well. They are parents and grandparents with little kids, people in uniforms, whether it’s ambulance nurse or police workers, street cleaners, security guards or salespeople in a store. In a school environment, they are teachers and counselors.
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2. Personal space
Your child has to know that their body belongs to themselves and no one has a right to touch it. So, when an adult is trying to intrude into their personal space, it’s an alarm signal to run away and get into a safe place as soon as possible.
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3. Do not talk to strangers!
We all know this golden rule; it is hammered into our brains since infancy and it is even more relevant in modern times. Teach your kids that they should not provide people they don’t know with personal information, either by revealing details about yourself and your family or posting online.
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4. Say no!
It’s okay to say no! Your child should not necessarily be super polite to everyone, especially in a dangerous situation. Empower your child to say a firm “no” if someone does something against their will.
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5. Do not accept things from strangers and do not follow them
“Hey, I have an adorable pup in my truck, do you want to have a look?” Provide examples which may be used by ill-wishers and potential kidnappers. Your child will be able to recognize the truth.
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6. Your child is home alone, what to do?
You should give your little one detailed instructions, such as "do not open the door to anyone under any circumstances", "Do you have a package? Leave it and go", "Come back another time".
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7. Practice “what if” situations
What if the stranger in the car asks for directions? Teach them not to approach the car, take a step back and point where to go. Tell them to take a few more steps back and do not let anyone come too close if the person gets off the car.
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8. Public restrooms
Teach your child how to behave in public restrooms and that they should refuse any help strangers offer. Instruct him to inform those “helpers” that mom or dad are waiting just at the door. It’s okay to yell and scream to ask for help, your child should not feel embarrassed to do so.
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Be alert! Be attentive! Be that solid rock in any troubled time for your child. If they feel safe and protected around you, they will feel strong enough to act fiercely to protect themselves!