Teach Your Children to Avoid Stranger Danger
Edited by Maria Sharon Ubando, Eng, Christine dela Cruz, Alma and 5 others
Kids are the most vulnerable preys for criminals and deviants. 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.
Unfortunately, you cannot follow your child 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 such a vigilant eye on them to ensure their safety. Here are some of the ways you can teach your kids protect themselves from stranger danger.
Protect Your Kids From Stranger Danger
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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? 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.
Your child sees you talking to strangers all the time, on the street, at the store, etc. Perhaps we should be teaching our kids HOW to talk to strangers.
Teach your children these simple rules. Communicate in direct, simple language.
- 1Never take anything from a stranger, not even if it's your favorite chocolate bar, candy or a soft drink.Advertisement
- 2Be careful if the stranger tells you he knows your mom or dad.Never go anywhere with someone you don't know.Advertisement
- 3He might say he's lost his puppy and ask you to help him find the cute puppy. He might even have a picture with him. He might say he can't find his child. Never ever go with a grown up because he's asked for help. Grow-ups don't ask children to help them.Be very careful of a stranger who asks for your help.
- 4If your mind or stomach tells you are in danger, run away, scream to get other people's attention, kick and scream - and don't stop until you get help.Trust your instincts.
- 6Don't teach your children that predators are monsters, and scary, because at first glance, to your child, and perhaps to you, they may seem kind, and handsome, and well-dressed. You have to de-program your kids from television's depictions of predators and pedophiles.Monsters can look really good.
- 7Check the sites your children visit.
- 8Leave them with trusted people.
- 10If something happens, and someone tries to snatch them, they should yell - ##SOMEONE IS TRYING TO TAKE ME.
- HELP! THIS ISN'T MY FATHER!
- SOMEONE IS KIDNAPPING ME!
- THIS ISN'T MY MOTHER!
- 11They should kick, bite, scream, flail, the more they move and wriggle, the less the bad guy has a chance to succeed.
- 12Although this article is about strangers, don't forget to remind yourself, and your child, that sometimes the bad guy is already a friend or family member.
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.
Typical Dangers that You Must be Watchful For as a Parent
- 1There are cases where even if your child does not know the bully, he or she can still be bullied. As a parent, you need to be watchful of the people your child interacts with, both online, and in actuality. If, for example, they are playing in a playground, observe whether or not 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 to your child to continue staying in that place.Bullying.
- Warn them that most sexual predators are known to the victim - friends or family.
- Let them know when someone threatens them or their family with harm if they tell anyone, that that's exactly when they should tell you.
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.