Stranger danger topics for kids

Written by michelle renee
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    Stranger danger topics for kids

    The term "Stranger Danger" is universally used to identify any individual unknown to children that intends to bring harm to a child. Stranger danger might refer to a potential kidnapper, a child molester, a pornographer or a murderer. Stranger danger might be found in parks, schools, shopping malls or even in your home via the Internet. Teaching children about stranger danger, where it is found, and how to avoid it can keep her safe from harm, secure her privacy and potentially save her life. Discussing a few stranger danger topics with you kids can help.

    Warn your kids about "Stranger Danger" before it finds them first. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

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    Who Is a Stranger

    One of the most important things children need to know is how to identify "Stranger Danger," because not all who are unknown to the child are necessarily harmful. Discussing the topic, "Who Is a Stranger?" can help kids learn to distinguish the "good" ones from the "bad." Letting children know that doctors, nurses, firemen, police officers, teachers and store clerks are generally safe to speak to can prevent kids from becoming withdrawn from -- or even fearing -- everyone that have not yet met. As importantly, kids must be aware of the potential dangers of random strangers in parks, streets or public areas that try to lure or befriend them.

    Let kids know that not all strangers are bad. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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    Common Ploys

    Most young kids are impressionable and might be convinced by older and devious strangers. Even the smartest children can be fooled by crafty criminals who mean them harm. An important stranger danger topic to discuss with children is the common ploys that child abductors use on kids. Some may ask for help finding a lost dog, make promises of coveted toys, games and candy, or tell a child that he was sent by her parents to pick her up. Making children aware of common tricks and schemes used by predators can potentially save their lives.

    Warn kids never to go with strangers no matter what tricks they use. (Erik Snyder/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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    What to Do

    In addition to learning how to avoid stranger danger, kids need to know what to do when approached by potentially dangerous individuals. One of the most important topics to discuss with youngsters is what steps to take in various dangerous situations. For instance, let kids know to tell a trusted adult when they have been approached, scream, yell kick, punch or bite when being physically assaulted, and to always run -- not walk -- to the nearest police officer, neighbour, or adult passer-by for help when stranger danger is present. Discussing how and when to call 9-1-1 is also an important topic for kids.

    Encourage kids to scream, yell and fight to escape stranger danger. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

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    Internet Safety

    The safest place for a child should be his own home, but unfortunately online predators use the Internet as a means of victimising children, and stranger danger can make its his way right into your home via computer. Talking to kids about Internet safety is an imperative part of maintaining their privacy and security. Instructing children not to divulge their full names, addresses, phone numbers, schools or local parks to strangers online is an absolute must to protect them from abduction. Warning children not to "chat" with, or accept social networking invitations from strangers, can also prevent harm from coming to them at the hands of online predators. Most importantly, children should be taught that anyone they don't know asking to meet them offline is definitely stranger danger.

    Inform children that stranger danger lurks online, too. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

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