5 step stranger-danger protection

As a paranoid parent I spend a lot of my time warning my children about potential dangers. The rest of the time is spent clamping them firmly to my sides! Today I found this useful 5-step check list on Parents.com. Simple and useful, I like it.

  • Chances. Don't take them.
    Chances. Don’t take them.

    Instead of: Don’t talk to strangers
    Say: Check with me or your dad or your babysitter before talking to another grown-up.

  • Instead of: If you get lost in a store, ask a trusted adult to help you find me
    Say: If you get lost in a store, stay in the building and find someone with a name tag to help you.
  • Instead of: Don’t take candy from a stranger
    Say: Don’t take anything from anyone except your parents, babysitter, teacher, or friend’s mom or dad on a playdate.
  • Instead of: Don’t leave my sight
    Say: Don’t go where you can’t see me.
  • Instead of: Don’t keep secrets
    Say: A surprise is the only secret that’s okay to keep.
  • Don’t Send Mixed Messages
    Be careful not to undermine the safety lessons you’ve taught your kids. Take these three precautions:

    • Avoid talking to a child you don’t know. Address the parent instead. Otherwise, your kids might think that it’s okay for strangers to talk to them.
    • Even though it’s cute, resist monogramming your child’s name on his backpack or clothes. If a stranger addresses your kid by name, he may think he knows the person.
    • Don’t push your preschooler to give a hug to anyone — even relatives. Children need to realize that it’s okay to say “no” when they feel uncomfortable.
  • Find more at Parents.com

One thought on “5 step stranger-danger protection

  1. Reblogged this on studentsathome and commented:
    With many kids visiting large amusement parks, enjoying summer free time or just walking to the neighborhood pool, this post comes in handy. I especially like the positive spin the author employs. Thanks for Joy on a Shoestring for allowing me reblog this post.

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