Stranger Danger and Young Kids
Even though the world can be a scary place, you want your children to be optimistic and have a good outlook. Instead of frightening them over and over again with horrific tales about the world’s more devastating realities, help them to prepare for strangers and predators in a safe, age-appropriate way.
Kids are adventurous souls and want to explore everything. If you’re worried about your little one wandering off and getting scooped up, make sure that they have some form of identification on them at all times.
- If your child has a medical condition of any kind, equip them with medical ID bracelets. These are so important for so many reasons: For instance, if a little one has an allergy and has an attack while they’re separated from you, proper and immediate medical care can be given to them.
- There are websites that create custom identification badges. Have one made for your child so that they can have it on their person at all times.
- If all else fails, try a DIY method for giving your kiddo a temporary tattoo: write your phone number on their hand or arm, then cover it with a liquid bandage. If the two of you get separated, you can be contacted to track them down.
Reading to your child about strangers and good/bad touching can help them better understand the dangers. Ask your librarian what books they recommend, but some good ones include:
- The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
- It’s NOT the Stork!: A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends by Robie H Harris
- Not Everyone Is Nice: Helping Children Learn Caution with Strangers (Let’s Talk) by Frederick Alimonti
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare for their child to fall prey to a kidnapper or predator. Talk to your kids early and often about talking to strangers and knowing the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behavior.