Fostering Independent Kids Safely
i. Bike Safety Video Presentation (TBD)
ii. Stranger Danger -See Below:
Does Your Family Know These 6 Stranger Danger Rules?
Stranger Danger Tips from Smart Kids 101
1. Who are really strangers?
Strangers are simply people you don’t know. They can look normal, maybe even nice. But don’t talk to strangers.
2. What to do if a stranger tries to grab you
Stranger danger rules state that if someone tries to grab you, do these two things: scream and move quickly. Teach your kids how to make a big commotion: screaming with the 3 L’s in mind — Low, Loud, and Long. Have them practice it… because it doesn’t actually come as naturally as it would seem. Another good idea is to yell something that gets people’s attention, like, “Help!” “Fire!” or “This is not my Dad (or Mom)!”
3. Talk to your kids about tricks strangers use
Most kids are naturally trusting of adults. That can be a good thing most of the time. But it may surprise them to realize that strangers don’t need children to help with directions or finding a lost animal, for example. A grown-up should ask another grown-up for help. Tell your child to ignore the request and to go inside a safe place if approached from a car or on foot by a stranger.
4. What to do if you need to send someone to pick up your child
If you need to fetch your child, please send someone he knows. Tell him you will not send a stranger to get him, and explain the scare tactics someone could use to try to get a child to come with him. A stranger might say, “Your parents have sent me to get you. They’re in trouble.” This is a lie.
5. Use the buddy system to combat stranger danger
The buddy system works! Ask your child to let you know if she plans to leave the yard, and insist that your child never go places by herself or play in the front yard alone. This can vary depending on where you live, your child’s age, and what your family values are. By all means, take these into account when deciding what is right for your family.
6. What to do if you get separated in public
Instruct your child that if he is separated from you in public, he should find a safe person to help. A “safe person” is a stranger you can typically trust, such as a mother with children, a store clerk in a uniform, or a police officer/security guard.