Stranger Danger 101

Stranger Danger 101

Tonight I had one of those feelings that I needed to have a conversation with my son about the "real" world. I don't know what brought the feeling on, but I attempted to address it as best I could. My son is in cub scouts and a few months ago, while reading through the manual, I took mental note of a section teaching kids about lurking dangers in today's society. I did my best to recall the information I had read there when trying to describe to him situations that "could" happen while he's out and about.

Here are just a few of the things we discussed tonight. Please feel free to add your own in the comments section:

  • Don't ever get in the car with an adult you don't know, even if they say I sent them to get you
  • Don't get within arm's reach of an adult in a car, especially if you don't know them.
  • Don't let any person see your private parts. That's why we call them private parts. 
  • Never accept gifts from strangers or "rewards" like for helping "find a lost puppy"
  • Do tell me if a person (of any age) makes you feel uncomfortable by doing or saying something to you
  • Do always let me know where you will be and check in with me if that will be changing
  • Do always know your surroundings and trust your instincts if you feel scared or threatened.
  • Do run for help immediately if someone makes you scared
  • Always know that adults should ask other adults for help... with anything. If an adult needs "help" finding their puppy, they're probably lying. Adults ask adults for help.
I know there are many, many great sites on the internet these days about how to talk to your kids about the dangers of strangers. These are just a couple of the things I talked about with my 6 year old. He seemed fairly receptive to them and I hope that he was. I couldn't imagine anything happening to him, but I'm glad to know that I did have this conversation (again) with him.

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