Dealing with Strangers

Dealing with Strangers
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We, as parents, teachers, and grandparents want to do everything we can to protect our children. No one wants one of their children to become a statistic! No one wants to have their child listed as a "MISSING CHILD".  SO! What is the one thing parents always tell their kids????

"Don't talk to strangers!!!"


But, does your child actually know who a stranger is?  They most likely will answer~ someone who they don't know.  But, it sometimes isn't a stranger who will lure your child.  It could be someone he/she already knows. 




So, how do we talk about all that scary stuff to our children?  I have done my homework and provided you with many links to assist you.


If you have any questions or comments, please e mail me.


Tips For Parents

Tips to Avoid Abduction

Role Playing With Your Child



Tips For Parents: Protecting Your Kids

Experts say parents should tell their children to...

  • Never talk to strangers. It's a simple, but effective strategy.

  • Always be suspicious - not to assume everyone is trustworthy.

  • Never leave with anyone other than their parent or someone that the parent has approved.

  • To scream as loud as possible if they feel threatened: "You're not my mommy!"  "You're not my daddy!"  To cry, "HELP" sometimes is seen as a child who might be disobeying one of their parents. (I heard this one on Fox News 2/04)

  • To seek out the first adult they see for help if they feel threatened.

Experts say parents should...

  • Be specific when going over possible dangerous scenarios with children - In the incident in California, the abductor allegedly lured Samantha Runnion by saying he was looking for a missing dog.

  • Give your child some sort of training, either with Karate, or some form of self defense.  This protection will last a lifetime.
  • When going to bed make sure the doors and windows are locked.
  • Monitor the computer.  You never know who your child may be talking to.
  • When walking any place, make sure your child is always with a friend.
  • Always remember that child abductions don't just happen somewhere else!



Role Playing With Your Children

1. You are outside playing. Someone you do not know calls you over to their car. The person is lost and wants directions. What do you do?

2. You are walking home. Someone you do not know drives up and tells you that your mom wants you to ride home with them. What do you do?

3. You are outside with your friends. A stranger offers you your favorite kind of candy. What do you do?

4. Your parents are not home. The doorbell rings. When you look outside, you see a stranger at the door. What do you do?

5. You are shopping with your mom at the mall. You get lost and cannot find her. What do you do?

6. You are riding your bicycle from school. You have a flat tire on your bike. A stranger stops and offers to take you and your bike home. What do you do?

I hope you have found some of this information useful. There are many books out there for kids to read with your guidance. Go to your local library or buy books for your child.