It is easy to teach children about strangers--a stranger is someone they do no know. It is often difficult, however, to teach children about people they do know who may frighten them or make them feel uncomfortable. It is important for adults and children alike to realize that harm does not always come from the big, creepy stranger on the street; harm can also come from a trusted friend, neighbor, relative, or child care provider.
Teach a child to NEVER:
- get near a car if a stranger ask for directions or anything else.
- accept gifts, money, or medicine from a stranger.
- open a door to a stranger or let him/her know that you are alone.
- speak of family plans, especially vacation, around strangers.
Teach a child to ALWAYS:
- RUN to the nearest neighbor, police officer, or friend, if they feel threatened, scared or in danger.
- avoid strangers on playgrounds, in restrooms, and at shopping malls.
Parents or Guardians should ALWAYS:
- maintain a keen awareness of their child's total environment.
- be especially aware of anyone initiating time alone with your child.
- check sitters and care givers thoroughly.
- talk to your child regularly concerning activities while in the care of others.