Positive Parenting

How to Teach Your Kids About Stranger Danger

One of the major parenting challenges is teaching your kids about the dangers in the world. You want to present a realistic picture of what could go wrong, but you also don't want to terrify your children. Exploring the topic of stranger danger with kids can help to keep them safe.

One of the major parenting challenges is teaching your kids about the dangers in the world. You want to present a realistic picture of what could go wrong, but you also don't want to terrify your children. Exploring the topic of stranger danger with kids can help to keep them safe.

One of the major parenting challenges is teaching your kids about the dangers in the world. You want to present a realistic picture of what could go wrong, but you also don't want to terrify your children. Exploring the topic of stranger danger with kids can help to keep them safe.

School Pick-up

Problems can happen at pick-up time from school when teachers are trying to watch scores of children in somewhat chaotic scenes. Check with the school to see what the policies are regarding who is able to pick up your kids. Stress to your children that they are never to leave the school with anyone other than the designated people. If you are having a babysitter or relative pick your kids up from school one day, reiterate to your kids that this person is safe to go with on that day.

At the Door

Unfortunately, answering the door is unsafe in the modern world. People often break into homes this way. Once the homeowners answer the door, these intruders storm in, stealing goods and hurting or killing the individuals inside. Emphasize to your children that they are never to open the door unless certain people are there. Show them where the locks are and how to use the peephole. You can even have a professional, like those from A Carolina Lock Smith, install a lower peephole so that kids can look out.

Outside Play

While you may never want your kids to leave your sight, that thought is generally unrealistic as they grow older. Outside play is healthy for kids, especially in a time when the rates of childhood obesity are so striking. Speak with them about how to interact with neighbors. For example, they might not think twice about going into a neighbor's house when they are out and playing with their friends. Let them know which homes they can enter; explain to them how to politely decline an invitation.

Practice

You can even role play with your children to get them to understand what to do if a stranger approaches them. The National Crime Prevention Council suggests providing them with a few scenarios. Also, the Council suggests teaching them about the “No, Go, Yell, Tell” method. You don't want your kids to feel as though they have done anything wrong; you want to encourage them to run away from danger and to report it.

Your kids are going to encounter strangers in their lives. While not all of these strangers are going to be dangerous, you should teach your kids how to respond in various situations.

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7 Comments

  1. It is truly scary that we have to worry about something like this with our kids. But the reality is we definitely do. Great advice and tips. I have pinned to refer back to, as well now. Thanks!!

  2. Great suggestions! I’d never considered a lower peep hole, but I like the idea! We have Ring, so we can see who rang the doorbell and talk to them if need be ?
    Thanks for the recommendations … one of my kids can get lay outside alone now, and as much as I trust my neighbors, I’m afraid for her, in general!

  3. I never thought about a lower peephole – that’s actually a really great idea for everyone, if you think about it. Thanks for this article, Echo. I just used it as an opportunity to speak w/ my daughter again about stranger danger.

  4. I like the peephole suggestion. We also have cameras on our property and a monitor in 2 places in the house so we can see who is on the porch. I like being able to see who is at the door without actually having to approach the door.

  5. The lower peephole is a great idea! It would even work okay for me since I am a bit short 😀

  6. Very great points. My daughter is only 2 but I already thread taking her to school because I fear a lot of the things you mentioned above. Kids can be so friendly and innocent, and unfortunately there are some horrible people out there.

  7. I love the idea of practicing! Role play is a great way to ensure that they know how to respond if they are encountered with a “stranger danger” experience.

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