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Teaching Your Child About Stranger Danger

One of the most important lessons you can teach your child is how to stay safe from strangers.

Defining a Stranger

To start, it is important to define what a stranger is. A stranger is anyone your child does not know, regardless of their appearance. It is also important to explain that not all strangers are dangerous, but that there are some people who may try to hurt or harm them.

Role-play scenarios

One way to teach your child about stranger danger is to role-play different scenarios with them. For example, you can pretend to be a stranger and ask your child for help finding a lost puppy. Teach your child to say no to strangers and to never go anywhere with someone they do not know. It is important to emphasize that it is okay to be rude to strangers if it means staying safe.

Stranger safety rules

Another way to teach your child about stranger danger is to talk to them about stranger safety rules. Some important rules to teach your child include:

  1. Never go anywhere with a stranger, even if they seem friendly or familiar.
  2. Never accept gifts or treats from a stranger.
  3. Never give out personal information to a stranger, such as their name, address, or phone number.
  4. Always tell a trusted adult if they encounter a stranger who makes them feel uncomfortable or scared.

What to do when lost

It is also important to teach your child that if they are ever lost or separated from you in a public place, they should look for a police officer, security guard, or a mom with kids to ask for help. It is important to practice these safety skills with your child and to reinforce them regularly. Remember, teaching your child about stranger danger is an ongoing process that requires patience and consistency.

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