“Stranger Danger”- This is buzzword used very often now! Unfortunately the world is a scary place and there are some people who prey on kids. This is no doubt an important issue that all parents must address- but the way you address this will vary depending on your child’s age. The one thing all parents need to remember while having this talk is that they need to instill confidence in their child, rather than fear. These “Stranger Danger” lessons should be ongoing; and you will have to change the way you broach the subject as your child grows older.
What your child knows and what your kid needs to know
- First and most importantly, your kid needs to know who a stranger is. Not everyone who is not known to them can be dangerous, but you need to put it across in a way your child understands “good” and “bad” strangers. For example, a police officer or a store manager at a shop, or a teacher can be “good” strangers, while an unknown person who approaches them and tries to lure them away are “bad” strangers.
- Create a “Buddy system”: When unsupervised by adults, ask your kids to stay close to their friends and do thing and activities together. Don’t send them outside to play or to a park by themselves. Encourage them to watch out for their friends as well.
- Teach your children to watch out for adults who ask them for help, invite them to come into their home or car, ask them to keep a secret. By teaching them to follow their gut feeling, you are encouraging them to make good decisions.
- In a crowded public place, encourage your children to stay close to you. Younger children like to run and explore, so you need to set clear expectations for staying together, and explain the danger of wandering away.
Download the Mai app to improve your child’s skill in anticipating Danger and also assess your child’s skill in recalling information.