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Acquainting the Kids with Stranger-Danger is Crucial

Acquainting the Kids with Stranger-Danger is Crucial

The term ‘stranger’ is not as much of an easy concept for children to understand as we think. You might think that a simple explanation that a stranger is any person whom they do not know, who is not a trusted friend or a family member suffices, but it does not. Children have the innate habit of considering anyone with an uncivilized or frightening appearance as a stranger. It is important to explain it to them that even the harmless and clean looking people can also act as a danger to their safety.

We, at the Banyan Tree School, one among the Top 5 CBSE Schools in  Jaipur, believe that stranger-danger is a highly sensitive subject for the young minds, and the sooner they are introduced to the ideas and stranger safety guidelines, the better equipped they will be in handling potentially dangerous situations and avoiding them by all means. We, at Banyan Tree, do understand that talking about the potential dangers that strangers can pose to your kids is not an easy topic to discuss for most parents. We have, in fact, also observed that many parents do not even know how to start educating the children about stranger danger. So, here is a list of our ideas to help you acquaint your children with the concepts of stranger danger and ensure safety for them.

Begin with basic rules of body safety

To begin a conversation about strangers, you can start discussing with them the general rules of body safety. Ask your children to stay close to you when you go out with them. The simple rule that you can teach them is that it is not okay for anyone to touch them on any of the parts of their body without their consent.

Instill the concept of strangers

We believe that parents need to be vigilant in warning the children about strangers in general terms and not in a descriptive manner. To avoid unnecessarily frightening the child, emphasize that a stranger is not really a bad or good person, and it’s just someone whom he/she does not know.

Point out people they can trust

Give a few examples of people that the child can ask for help, like teachers, grandparents, school counselor, and the likes. Point out other authority figures, like store employees and security guards, who are strangers that might come to their aid if the need arises.

Establish clear do’s and don’ts

Define some clear rules and regulations when it comes to dealing with strangers. For instance, you can ask your child to directly approach the cash counter in case he/she is lost in the supermarket or a grocery store. You can instruct your child that it is okay to greet a stranger when you are around but not okay to do so when you are not close by.

Explain guidelines for using public bathrooms

Most children are ready to use the public restrooms on their own by the age of six. But you need to be vigilant and stand outside the door so that your child can call for help if and when needed. Tell the child to refuse taking help from anyone else offering it besides you by politely saying “Thank you! My mom/dad can help me.”

Prepare the child for being alone at home

You should instruct your child to never open the doors of the house when he/she is alone. Even if the visitor comes with a package, the child should tell him to leave it right at the door or come back later. Decide on whether you want your child to receive calls when he/she is home alone, and it is best to teach him/her to check the caller ID before receiving any call.

Do not use scary statements

It might be tempting to use statements like “the stranger can take you away from me” or “you might never see me again” to drive the message effectively. But it will only end up frightening the child, making the kid to lose his/her cool when faced with a difficult situation. You can simply tell the child that he/she cannot go with a stranger because you always want to know his/her whereabouts.

The importance of making children understand the possible threats of interacting and cooperating with strangers can never be stressed enough. We, at Banyan Tree, believe that with proper guidance, children can easily be taught about stranger-danger, which is, in fact, imperative in the current times. With little patience, the right approach, and our joint efforts, we can effectively prepare our little gems for staying safe against any kind of stranger danger.