Teach Your Children to Avoid Stranger Danger

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Kids are the most vulnerable preys for criminals. They are naive and easily persuaded, which makes them easy to deceive.

Child predators can be found in the most unexpected places and circumstances. These predators are not only lurking on the streets, but some of them are hiding behind technology from home at their computer. Predators are using the power and anonymity of the internet to make their 'job' easier. As a parent, it is a huge responsibility to keep your children safe at all times.

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Unfortunately, you cannot follow your child around everywhere they go to ensure their safety. Instead, you have to teach them to avoid stranger danger. That way, you don't have to keep an eye on them to ensure their safety. Here are some of the ways you could teach your kids protect themselves from stranger danger.

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Protecting Your Kids From Stranger Danger

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    Expound your Explanation.
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    When you want your kids to be safe from stranger danger, don't be content with just saying 'never talk to a stranger'. Sure, this is something we always tell kids, but by saying this, did we give them the proper instruction? Did we just share with them a life-saving tip? Instead, you should be telling them more than that because a teacher on their first day of class is a stranger to them. Explain to them what a 'stranger' is. Give them a solid definition and give examples of these bad types of strangers. Tell your children these simple rules, which will be easier for them to comprehend:
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    1. never take anything from a stranger, not even when it is a bar of your favorite chocolate.
    2. never go somewhere with someone you do not know even if he introduces himself as someone I know.
    3. when a grown-up asks a hand form you, back off, you're a kid and someone who's grown-up would not ask help from kids.
    4. go for your instincts, if your mind says you are in danger, scream to catch other people's attention.
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    Teach Kids How to Say No.
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    Predators nowadays have evolved past the classic mobster-looking stranger examples seen in movies. In fact, you can find perfectly normal-looking child predators nowadays. This new image makes it is easier for them to mask their evil intentions. Tell your children that NO should ALWAYS be the answer to any offers, no matter how inviting or enticing they could be.
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    Check the sites your children visit.
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    Child sex offenders online are so rampant that having a parental control feature from your ISP is recommended. Do not be afraid to track their internet usage and where they go on the internet. If you notice something suspicious, then confront your child and remind them of stranger danger. Blocking chat rooms and other potentially unsafe websites can help ensure that your child does not fall victim to a sex offender.
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    Leave them only to trusted people.
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    If you really need someone to look after your children, leave them only to someone you know personally such as a grandparent. If a babysitter is required. then it will also help if your child knows the emergency numbers to call, just in case. Tell them to give you a ring when they feel that something is not right.
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    Invest a Little More.
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    While offenders make use of technology to spot their next prey, you can make use of it as well to guard them. There are child tracking devices nowadays that you can make use of so in case your child goes beyond your set proximity, you'll get notified.
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Additional Words

Technology can help guard kids from stranger danger, but the best weapon they really have is YOU. Always find time to be with them. Be there when they need you so they won't need the 'comfort' and attention from strangers. Additionally, your children will be more apt to tell you if something is wrong if you have a good relationship with them.

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Typical Dangers that You Must be Watchful For as a Parent

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    Bullying.
    There are cases where even if your child does not know the bully, he or she can still get bullied. Therefore, as a parent, you need to be watchful of the people your child actually interacts with. If, for example, they are playing in a playground, observe whether their interaction with the other kids leaves them a positive experience or not. If it's negative, you should pull your child out of that area because there will be no benefits for your child to continue staying in that place.
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    Teaching them wrong things.
    Kids are very much like a sponge. They can easily absorb everything they hear or see. Therefore, if you expose them to other people, you really have to make sure they are picking up positive thing. You need to ensure that the other people are providing nothing but a good influence. If not, you have to pull your child away as much as possible. A lot of studies show that even a child's language depends greatly on what he hears on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, if you expose your child to a community where a lot of bad words are being said, there is a high likelihood that your child will adapt to use foul language.
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    Sexual harassment.
    Children are very prone to this because unlike adults, children do not know yet that such an act is not right and they can't always fight back. Aside from protecting your child from being sexually harassed yourself, you can also start educating your child on protecting themselves step-by-step. Of course, you would not be discussing extremely sensitive information that they may not be able to understand, but at least you should cover things which are considered normal and not normal. That way, your kids can discern accordingly when faced in that situation. They may not be able to fight back and protect themselves physically, but at least they will be knowledgeable enough to call your attention right away in case they notice something unusual and have the awareness to avoid these situations altogether.
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Questions and Answers

Is it appropriate for kids to teach them about self-defense?

Yes, it's appropriate to teach kids about self-defense. However, you also need to make the distinction that self-defense is for defense only, and not for them to hurt their friends or use their techniques for fun. This will allow them to learn great self-defense techniques and when to appropriately use them.

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