When it comes to strangers approaching, most of us were brought up with the term "stranger danger" (basically, don't talk to strangers) which, as we reassess it - taught us no actual safety skills. But it's time to change that.
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"Stranger Danger" Myth Disbanded
The reality is that 90% of the time a child is harmed, it is by someone they know, and usually, love and trust. As we teach both children and parents about personal safety - we present reasons why we disband the myth of "stranger danger."
1) We cannot model "don't talk to strangers" because adults need to talk to strangers everyday to function in the world. Children learn what we do, not what we say.
2) If your child gets separated from you they will need to seek help from a stranger. We want children to have the knowledge and confidence to handle this potentially frightening and stressful "what if" situation. Do you know what you should teach your child to do if theyRead More »from What You Should Teach Your Kid About Strangers