Tricky People

You know it's time to talk to your children about strangers, but you're not sure how to go about it. You want to inform, not frighten. What do you say and how do you make sure you're heard?

We've compiled a list of places to go for inspiration:

  • The National Crime Prevention Council (McGruff the Crime Dog) has what you need to say to your children about strangers.
  • Scholastic has provided guidance for different age groups, as well as talking points.
  • Practice makes perfect, so Kid Smartz has provided a wealth of role playing scenarios.
  • Safely Ever After is a company dedicated to supporting caregivers as they have these difficult conversations. Founder Pattie Fitzgerald coined the phrase "Tricky People" to help children realize that strangers aren't always going to look scary. The highlights of the site are tips and red flags for parents to watch out for and rules for children.
  • Read over these short lessons on stranger safety by Officer Phil.

What does your family do to make sure your children are safe?

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