What’s What Wednesday: Talking to our children about stranger safety
Educating our children is key to safety and the main tool our children have to successfully face dangerous situations. It is important to discuss stranger safety with our children and use language that they understand.
Here are some tips:
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5): Teach your young child simple facts such as their name and address. They can learn about expected behavior in different situations through games play.
Elementary school-age children (ages 6 to 9): At this age, children learn best through concrete examples, role-playing, and repetition of rules. For example create a family “code word or phrase” that is only known by approved safe adults.
Pre-teens and Teens (ages 10 and up): Your child still benefits from ongoing discussions of risks, using real-life situations as examples.