EDUCATING YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT STRANGERS AND FRIENDS Exploiter or Abductor : Not Stranger
Stay away from strangers” is the #1 warning to children to prevent abduction or exploitation. Unfortunately, 76.8% of our children are abducted or exploited by people who have some type of familiarity with the children, but who may, or may not be known to the parents.
The term stranger is a concept that children do not understand and ignores what we do know about the people who commit crimes against children.
It misleads children into believing that they should be wary of individuals who have a unusual or untidy appearance.
Instead, it’s more appropriate to teach our children to be on the lookout for certain kinds of situations or actions rather than certain kinds of individuals.
Children can be raised to be polite and friendly, but it is okay for them to be suspicious of any adult asking for assistance. ( Can you help me find my puppy?)
Children should know that it’s okay to say NO – even to a adult, in some situations. It’s your job to teach them the difference.
Remember, a clear, calm and reasonable message, about situations and actions to look for, is easier for a child to understand than a particular profile or image of a stranger.