Teaching kids about stranger danger
Tips for kids
- if you’re grabbed by a stranger, YELL, kick, drop and roll, run away.
- Stranger, Stranger, Stranger!
- Fire, Fire, Fire!
- Help, Help, Help!
- This is not my mother or father!
- if you feel scared or uncomfortable around a stranger, run away and tell an adult you trust, such as a parent, guardian or teacher
- if you're approached by a strange car, don't go within arm's reach. Run away and tell an adult you trust about the car and the person or people in it
- walk to and from school with a friend. Walk in well-lit areas
- if you're not home, make sure an adult you trust knows where you are and what time you’ll be home
- if you’re home alone, never open the door for someone you don’t know
- never go into the home of someone you don't know
Tips for parents and guardians
- share tips with your kids
- make a plan with your child about what to do if they get lost. Pre-arrange a meeting place.
- don't allow your child to go into a public washroom alone
- reinforce that not all "bad" people look bad. Very normal looking people can also be "bad people."
- teach your child emergency numbers as well as your cell and work numbers and addresses
- walk your neighbourhood with your child and learn their usual routes. Point out potential hazards and explain the dangers.
- know where your child is and what time they will be home
- keep a list of your child’s friends' phone numbers and addresses