In large cities like Wichita, Hutchison or Emporia, children see strangers everywhere. Going to Dillon’s or Wal-Mart, visiting Harrison Park or Tanganyika Zoo or playing in your very own neighborhood is usually safe, but sometimes the unimaginable happens. Parents can help protect their children by educating them about strangers and suspicious behavior, and by taking a few safety measures of their own.
Who is a stranger?
A stranger is anyone that your family doesn’t know well. Children often associate a “bad man” with the villains they see in cartoons or on TV. This is a dangerous mindset because most “bad strangers” don’t look like the cartoons. Pretty strangers have the ability to be just as dangerous as the unpretty ones. Make it clear to your kids that all unfamiliar people are strangers, not just the not nice looking ones.
Who are safe strangers?
Make sure your children know that not all strangers are bad and if they need help, some strangers are safe. If they’re lost, being threatened by a bully, or being followed by a stranger, asking a safe stranger, such as a policeman, firefighter or teacher, is okay. Be sure to emphasize going to a public place to ask help from these safe strangers.
What to do in a dangerous situation?
Teach your children that they can recognize a dangerous situation by suspicious behavior. An example would be if an adult asks them to disobey their parents or do something without permission, asks them to keep a secret, asks children for help, or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way. In this case, children should find a trusted adult immediately and tell them what happened.
What can parents do?
Always know where your children are. Make it a rule that before they go anywhere, they must check with you for permission. Also, let them know where safe places to go are. Make sure children know to trust their instincts and not to be afraid to say no to a stranger and run away. Lastly, encourage kids to play together, there’s always safety in numbers.
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