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Stranger Danger Information

11/07/2013
​Below are five things to discuss with your child about Stranger Danger.

1. Who is a stranger? 

Strangers are anyone that you don’t know. They’re not scary looking people, in fact they usually look like nice people. But if you don’t know them then that makes them a stranger. Strangers might even use your child’s name to trick them into thinking they know them, but if your child doesn’t actually know the person then they are still a stranger. 

2. Explain to your child that “most strangers are good, but there are some bad strangers who might try to hurt you.” 

Explain that “they might try to touch you in a way that is bad or they might try to take you away from your parents and hurt you. Again, most strangers aren’t like this, but it’s important to know what to do if you are approached by a stranger so that you can stay safe.” Good strangers will usually approach a child only when a parent is around. Bad strangers, on the other hand, usually approach children when they are alone or without their parent.

3. Teach your child NOT to go anywhere with strangers. 

Bad strangers might try to get children to go into their car or go to a private location. Teach your children that they need yell, kick, and scream to get away from a stranger who tries to take them somewhere. Stay far away from their car and turn and run away (screaming) if possible. Make sure they know they will not get into trouble for doing this, since it’s exactly the opposite of what we usually teach our children about good manners.

4. Tell your children that bad strangers will make up lies to try to trick children into going with them. 

They might use any of the following: “Your mum is sick and asked me to give you a ride,” “I need directions, can you help me,” “I’ve lost my puppy, can you look for him with me,” or “You’re so pretty, I’m a photographer and would like to take your picture for a magazine.” Teach your children never to fall for these tricks. Role-play with them about these scenarios and let them know that you would never send a stranger to get them in the event of an emergency. Another good tip is telling your kids that adults wouldn’t ask a child for help, they would ask another adult. So, if an adult is asking a child for help then that should be a signal to the child that they need to get away!

5. Teach your children who to look for and where to go if they are not with you and are approached by a stranger or get lost. 

Get as far away from the stranger as quickly as possible and find a safe adult to get help. They can ask for help from another adult that that they know, a shop, policeman, teacher, neighbour, or another mum or dad with small children. Teach them your phone number so that they can always know how to reach you if they are separated from you.