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.
For more information on child safety, go to http://www.mcgruff.org/ to meet McGruff, the Crime Dog!