Thinking about (let alone going through) the possibility of your children being hurt by strangers is frightening. Consequently, teaching your children about personal safety is vital. Personal safety that entails techniques on how to protect themselves from predators is as important as other strategies you use to safe, like buckling a seat belt.
10 Tips to Protect Your Kids from Strangers
1. Inform your children that the rules that regard strangers differ when they are alone compared with when they are with trusted adults. Let them know that even though mom and dad say allow freely with people on retails stores, and the same people even compliment the kids; such instances are okay because they are supervised by grownups.
2. Teach them whenever they become lost, they should remain stationary as they scream your name repeatedly. Chances are you are within hearing and on hearing their scream you will simply call them out. Further, if anyone approaches them to help, they should insist he or she calls you and not take them anywhere.
3. Make it a policy that your children should not open the door when they are alone at home. Some strangers with malice don’t wait for children outside but instead utilize such opportunities. A child who is at home alone cannot prevent an adult from having their way in anything once he or she opens the door.
4. Formulate a family code word. Use a common word that is not too weird to use naturally. Every time you send an adult to pick them up, they must identify themselves with the code word. Any person who goes for them and doesn’t know the code word is predator and your children to politely decline.
5. Teach them that if someone follows or even chases them, they should run in the direction opposite that of the car. While running they should scream to attract the attention of other people or even the police. Doing so, buys them some time because it will take some minutes for the car to turn around.
6. When faced with trouble teach them to look notice the right people. If your children are feeling unsafe, they should seek assistance from a police officer or a friendly shop guard. However, if a police officer is nowhere to be seen, looking for a mom with kids is relatively safer.
7. Teach your children to trust their instincts; if they don’t feel comfortable or someone scares them, your children should tell the No in a loud voice. Also, keeping secrets with strangers is totally unacceptable; if someone asks her to keep a secret or even accompany them to somewhere, she should tell you immediately.
8. Do not only concentrate on stranger danger. Sometime your children have a distorted image of who precisely is a stranger. Even someone who looks friendly and even asks your child to help them find a puppy cannot be trusted. They should not trust even someone they know casually, like neighbors or a distant relative.
10. Teach your children not to accept anything from strangers without first asking for permission from you. Stranger usually offer candies and balloons to lure children away. Let them also know that eating anything they find on the ground is dangerous.
Repeat the above strategies periodically until your child masters them. Do so every time they are back from school and at the start of every summer, when they will be spending more time outdoors. Ask questions to confirm they have mastered and children will be safe from strangers.