Teaching Kids Not to Talk to Strangers
As your child gets older, it's normal for him to not want to be glued to your side at all times. It's also normal for you to worry about who your child might encounter when he's out on his own.
You can feel better about giving him more independence if you teach him how to be safe around strangers. The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offer some tips to share with your child:
- Ask your parents before you leave your house, go somewhere, or take a ride from someone.
- Tell your parents where you're going, what route you're taking, who you're going with, and when you will be home.
- If someone in a car asks you for something, do not go up to or get into the car.
- Always say no if someone tries to touch you, speak to you, or treat you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or scared.
- If an adult approaches you, get yourself out of the situation as quickly as possible, and don't worry about being impolite. Safety is more important than manners.
- If you feel unsafe, tell a trusted adult right away.