Teaching Our Children About Strangers

 

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When I was growing up my parents always warned me not to talk to strangers. The stories about children being kidnapped scared me and even to this day they terrify me now being a parent. My children love talking to adults wherever we go, such as the grocery store or park. They are very curious and want to know about everything. I love that they are friendly, but sometimes I think it might be too much for how open they are. That’s when I decided I needed to sit down with my children and teach them about being safe and outgoing.

Consider your words

Instead of using the word strangers when teaching your kids about stranger consider using “people who are tricky” and that these tricky people try to break the rules of safety. Children at a young age are likely to trust adults who are kind too. In addition, consider providing examples of what a tricky person might ask or say to your child if they are put in a position. For example, tell your child “You don’t talk to people you don’t know or go with them or if mom or dad are not with you.”

Put safety rules in place

It’s important to set safety rules for your child, especially if they are to interact with someone they do not know. Try acting out scenarios with your child in what they might do when they have to talk to strangers. This will help them have an idea of what to do. Tell your child also if you are separated from them outside of home to look for an employee or mom with children to help them.

Trust instincts

Sometimes trusting our own gut feeling has saved us in certain situations. Teaching your child to trust their instincts or get a “weird” feeling in their stomach that they should listen to it. Children should then get away from someone who is making them feel that way and find an adult they trust.

Teaching our children to be aware of their surroundings and other people whom they are not familiar with is important. What are some ways you have taught your children about people you do not know? Share below with us in the comments.

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