As a parent, we know your child’s safety is your utmost concern. As soon as your children are old enough to form complete sentences, they’re old enough to begin learning how to protect themselves from “bad strangers”. Following these tips and having an open discussion with your kids will teach them how to avoid dangerous situations, or what to do if they find themselves in one.
Call 911 during an emergency
Teach your kids the importance of calling 911 in the case of an emergency and how to find a “good stranger”. This could be a police officer, store clerk, or another parent.
Run, scream, and get away
Teach them to scream “This isn’t my mom/dad” or “Help! I don’t know this person”. These statements are sure the attention of the public around them.
As your kids get older be sure to teach them where they live, their full name, birthday, complete address and phone number, and your full name.
Don’t assist adults
No adult will as a child for assistance. They should never help an adult with directions or look for a lost puppy.
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