We’re moving into outdoor weather season. As kids, especially younger children, begin to spend more time outdoors, possibly away from parents’ watchful eyes and come in contact with a larger universe of people, it’s a good idea to review your stranger danger rules. Any child in grade 3 or younger can benefit from a refresher course.
Among the key reminders are —
- Even if someone seems friendly, if you don’t know them, they are a stranger. Use your stranger danger rules unless someone you know tells you it’s okay to treat a new person as our friend.
- If a stranger wants to give you a toy, or candy or food, or wants you to go with them to search for their pet, say no and stay away from them. These are tricks that bad people try sometimes. Tell your parent right away if this happens to you.
- When you’re in a public place, always stay close to your parents, siblings or friends. Make sure your parent can see you at all times. If you do get lost and you see a police officer, you can always them to help you. If you are in a store, go to a grownup who is working there and ask for help. Do not go looking for your parents. Stay where you are and let them find you.
- Always ask at the door before opening it. Never open the door for someone you don’t know, unless your parent says its okay.
- Never get in a car with a stranger. In fact stay away from the car.
- If you ever answer the phone and your parents aren’t nearby, never tell the person who is calling that. Instead, just say your parents are busy and you can take a message for them. Or have the person call back later.
Role-play, rehearse and have conversations with your children, so that stranger safety becomes second nature for them. You’ll be glad you did!