Our kids are growing up.
3 Important Tips For Talking to Your Kids About Strangers
2) Treats, pets & more lies: A lot of kids are lured away by the promise of treats like candy, chips (all the stuff we never give them) or even silly simple things like a cute dog or other animal they might be interested in. Even worse, predators will tell all kinds of lies like ‘I’m friends with your mommy’ or ‘Your mommy sent me to get you’ etc. Explain these possibilities to children while putting special emphasis on things they LOVE (so that they won’t fall victim as easily) For example my little loves motorcycles–full on obsessed. When I talk to him I make sure I mention motorcycles because I know that is a weak spot for him.
3) Be Aggressive: Always teach the children how to be assertive when it comes to adults they don’t know. It is critical to teach children to run to an adult they trust if a stranger is making them uncomfortable. Kids spend most of their young lives being told be respective of adults, but if they feel threatened or something doesn’t feel right, they should be comfortable enough to say NO and seek safety and shelter in an adult they know.
There are so many different things to be aware of when it comes to child safety! This is just the beginning in a series of posts I have coming up on safety awareness and children.