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Stop Teaching Stranger Danger!

Friday, July 26, 2013

I wanted to share some safety information that has come up in some of my recent trainings; the issue of #Stranger_Danger. To be blunt, if you are teaching your kids this concept you may be putting them at risk. Two big points, first, kids are much more likely to be hurt by somebody they know and secondly, if they are lost or separated you have taken away their options. I can always pick out a lost kid who has been taught stranger danger, they cry and look helpless because they don't know what to do (predators pick up on this too). Here are a few tips:

  • Teach your kids about acceptable behavior in adults and that they can always come to you regardless of who makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • If they are home alone, tell them to make noise if somebody comes to the door (burglars often look for empty homes by knocking on the door).
  • If they are lost or separated tell them to find a mother with kids for help. Momma Bears will make sure they get to safety.
  • If somebody "bad" approaches them, tell them to make a lot of noise. (Practice this at home. A lot of people are simply too polite to make a scene in public).
  • Steer clear of families that are on the extreme ends of parenting.
  • Stay current on your social media awareness. Kids can get in trouble quickly.
  • Program an out of state relative or friend into their phones.
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