Teach your child to beware of strangers
It’s never too early to teach your kids about what or who might harm them.
These days we hear a lot about kids being kidnapped, robbed or taken advantage of. Our society, though fast growing, is becoming less safe by the day. We cannot expect somebody else to come & take care of us, or make our surroundings safe for us.
We have to protect ourselves. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Awareness is definitely one of the ways which can help us to be safe. ‘WE’ have to teach our kids, to know the difference between a harmful & a harmless stranger.
Things parents have to know:
a. Even at a park or a restaurant, do not leave your kid unattended. Schools are an exception, because we have teachers to monitor them.
b. Always discuss about, what happened at school every day.
c. You can try role play, by asking a friend whom your kid has never seen, to act like a stranger & monitor how he reacts. You can tell them to offer a sweet to your kid & make sure your kid follows the rules taught.
d. Ask your kids about every new person they meet & about any strange behavior from a known person.
e. In case of an emergency, tell them who will come to them. Strangers try to fool kids by telling them, that their Mom is not well or their Dad is admitted in the hospital & hence were sent to them to offer a ride.
e. Teach them the following rules.
Things kids need to be taught to keep them aware & safe:
1. Tell them that they can share anything with Mommy & Daddy. No keeping secrets from family.
2. Anyone outside the family is a stranger.
3. Not every pretty looking stranger is harmless. It’s hard to judge by looks & hence do not acknowledge a friendly smile also.
4. Not every scary looking stranger is harmful.
5. DO NOT take any treat like a candy or any food item from a stranger, whether pretty or scary looking.
6. When in need, and when they need help (they can’t find their way, being bullied, etc.), and there’s nobody around, they have to approach a safe stranger (like a policeman).
7. Safe strangers at schools are, any teacher (not necessarily your class), an older student, and the watchman.
8. Never accept when a stranger offers to give them a ride back home, from school.
9. Never spend a lot of time in unsafe areas, like in a parking lot of the school, isolated areas of a park etc.
10. People who are older than your kid will not ask them for help. So tell them that, an older person asking for help is a harmful stranger.
11. Do not ask a stranger to take you to the washroom.
12. SCREAM & call for help when someone tries to forcibly offer them a ride or feed them a candy.
13. When in a new place, always stay in groups (with children).
14. Being assertive & saying a firm NO to a complete stranger, is not equal to being rude.