N.B – Even though the following points seem funny, teaching your kids about Stranger Danger is very important and should be taken very seriously.
- Never accept lollies or toys from strangers (Yes, you could drill it into their brains from the age of 2 but did you know In Australia, an estimated 20,000 children are reported missing every year??
- Never agree to walk off with ANYONE just because they have an adorable black and white puppy they’re just dying to show you! These days Pet Stores are full of them – Get Mummy and Daddy to take you there for a friendly pat.
- Make sure you are alongside an alert and recognizable adult, at all times. Don’t let Mummy get distracted by posing for a Selfie for her Instagram account, because before you know it, **Puff**, you’re gone!
- Never go to a public bathroom on your own. Mummy or Daddy will need to help you squat and not sit…. They’re sick of viral infections contaminating their homes, which means you miss out on day-care, and, trust me Mum’s not going to put up with that!
- Do not isolate yourself in the corner when visiting any children Play Centres. Pretty much like a Truck Driver looking into his side mirror…. If you can’t see them, they can’t see you! We mean your Mum and Dad… not the Truck Driver… got it?
- When your Mum wants you to wear a brightly coloured, embarrassing headband, that makes you stand out in a crowd, then you make sure you wear it proud!
- Even the safest zones can be the most targeted areas, like your front yard. Always play in an area where your parents can see you and never approach a stranger that comes into the yard. We know Daddy has high tech, high resolution, motion sense cameras but material things can always be replaced. You are irreplaceable.
- Never answer the door when the bell rings – Instead, climb onto the couch like you always do, and yell from a closed window “Smile!!” Then point to your daddy’s high tech, high resolution, motion sense camera.
- Never invite Strangers into your home. Even if they are asking for help because their car broke down. Again, climb onto the couch, yell out “You’re in luck!” By now Dad has stormed out of the house with a screwdriver in his hand, while your screaming out “Dad’s a mechanic!!”
You are never too old or too young to learn and preach Stranger Danger. Take it seriously and pass these messages along to keep our kids safe…. Do your kids know?