teaching your child about Stranger Danger
it is important that you explain that the world is general a safe
place but of course there are people who they need to be careful of.
Be aware of not frightening you child or giving them the impression that everyone is out
there to hurt them.
your child to understand that a bad stranger will not look different
to anyone else, so it is important that they are careful with
everyone, as we donít know what people are like just by looking at
them. You might like to use the story book Not Everyone Is Nice
to introduce this
Make sure they know
never to wander of alone on family outings or day trips.
about setting up a special code word that you and your child know.
This way if someone they didnít know did came to pick them up from
school or another setting, they should be taught only to go if the
correct code word was given. Make sure your code word is unique!
avoid letting your child walk home from school alone, instead
encourage them to walk with one or two friends. Make sure they
always walk the same route and if they do change it, ensure they
inform you beforehand.
child is old enough provide them with a whistle or mobile phone, so
they can keep these in an easy to access location if needed. This
will give them more confidence when out and about. Make sure they
know how to contact you and what to do in an emergency.
your child not to speak to or respond to strangers if they offer them
sweets or toys without knowing the code word. These are often luring
tactics used by child predators.
buying clothing with your childís name clearly printed on it, as
child predators will often use this to lure your child, and your
child is likely to feel closer to the stranger if they know their
your child always tell you where they are going and at what time they will
return. If they are at all delayed expect them to contact you. This
should be a key rule which your child always abides by.
your child knows not to wander off if they get lost but rather to
stay in the same place and use their mobile phone or whistle,
depending on the environment they are in. If they get lost in the
park or on a beach a whistle is ideal.
like to set up role play situations with your child to help them
understand appropriate and inappropriate behaviour from strangers.
Story books are also an excellent way of educating children about
the dangers in the outside environment.