As parents, one of our biggest fears is to learn that our child has gone missing. Regardless of your child’s personality, do they know what to do when approached by a stranger?
As parents, it is our job to teach our children that not every person is a friend. It is our job to teach them that not every person is in fact a good person. “In 2015, there were 45,288 reports of missing children in Canada as reported by the RCMP.”
Knowing these numbers, it is crucial that we teach our children about Stranger Danger. The best way we can do this is by getting our children involved. It is important that our children learn how to protect themselves and learn about predators – both on the streets and in our computers.
Below are some tips in teaching our children about Stranger Danger:
- Become aware of any possible predators.
- Continue to tell your children you LOVE them no matter what!
- Keep your language simple.
- Ensure that your child knows that they have the right to say NO.
- If they feel threatened, they have permission to make a scene or run to a public place.
- Reassure to your children that they will not be in trouble even if they are wrong.
- Ensure your child knows what acceptable behavior is and what is out-of-bounds.
- Practice with your child.
- Remind your children that bad people are not necessarily scary or strange looking.