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Don't Talk to Strangers

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It's a big bad world

Children, for the most part, think that the world is a delightful place to be explored. Life is particularly enjoyable as everyone they meet tends to cosset and pamper them. Some children are temperamentally shy or wary of strangers, but generally they are trusting and friendly, responding to any positive overtures made to them. 

We all know it's a big bad world out there. Every day the newspapers are filled with gruesome stories of killing, kidnapping and abuse. Parents worry about letting their children out of their sight. But you can't always protect your children from every possible danger. Another point that parents should keep in mind is that children do not necessarily have to leave their homes to be mistreated. It's hard to believe but in many cases, child abuse and neglect often happen in the home itself and family members or close friends have been found to be the perpetrators. However, such cases are the exception rather than the norm. 

Wary, but not scared

Given this scenario, it's no wonder that parents are filled with trepidation. They realize that their children will have to move out from under their wing sooner rather than later. It is important that they do not transfer their fears to their children so that they become scared of their own shadows, afraid to go out and face the world. The need of the hour is to make children street smart and savvy, not scared. The world should be a beautiful place for them, not one where there is a bogeyman around every corner and where every stranger is a villain. 

Tips to make your child street smart and savvy

  • Be calm and matter-of-fact when laying down guidelines about how to act around strangers. There is no point giving them the impression that every stranger should be looked upon with extreme suspicion as they are bound to mean harm.
  • Discuss this issue like you would any other safety issue such as playing with fire or crossing the road.
  • If you're leaving your children with a friend or relative, make it a point to repeat the instructions to them too in front of your children.
  • Tell your children never to accept a lift, or any offers for food or invitations to play without first taking your permission or permission of the adult they are with.
  • Tell them not to talk to strangers.
  • They should also avoid playing or walking alone. They should always stick to a group of children. 
  • If for some reason they are alone at home and the doorbell rings, they should not open the door.
  • Similarly, if a stranger telephones when they are alone at home they should just take a message without volunteering any information or indicating that they are alone.
  • Engage in role-play occasionally. Tell your children to pretend that you're a stranger trying to talk to them in a street and ask them what they would do.
  • Do not create fear in their minds by going into graphic detail about all the terrible things that can happen to them if they talk to strangers. 
  • Test your children by getting a friend to telephone your house pretending to be a stranger when you are out and see how your children handle the situation.

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punkymoose.8 years ago
talkin to strangers is bad dont do it it is freaky when pplz do so dont so ya
luv ya stay safe
nats.8 years ago
wonderful suggestions!!!!!!!!!!
yoyo.8 years ago
every one should talk to strangers it is fun and safe
yoyo.8 years ago
yoyo.8 years ago
goo goo gaa gaa (every one get jiggy)
yoyo.8 years ago
your mom is safeand fun
beauty.8 years ago
seing as though the people who left messages said stupid and careless things, i guess they dont care what happens to the kids out there. i am only 19 and its scary to have to brace your kids or always be worried if you have instilled enough knowledge in them so that they understand the severity of the situation and you dont scare them. and no i dont have kids
Natalie Vagni.8 years ago
i'm shouldn't talk to other people at the waiting room and lobby of the doctor's office
Natalie Vagni.8 years ago
why? because they are strangers
Natalie Vagni.8 years ago
i shouldn't talk to a stranger's mother.
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