- Communicate to your child that if a stranger talks to them that it’s okay to say “I’m not allowed to talk to strangers.”
- Say to them, “If a stranger offers you a ride somewhere, say no, and run away.”
- SHOW your child how to dial 911 and the operator. Be sure to practice to make sure they learn it.
- Create a password that only you and your child know. Explain that no one else can know this password. Parents should only give it to a person they are sending to pick up their child. That way if a stranger or even someone your child knows tells them that there is an emergency, or that a family member is hurt, or that someone has died or had an accident, your child can and should ask what the password is. If it’s the wrong password, they should run away and tell a trusted adult.
- Be sure to practice role-playing with “What if” questions and answers.
- TEACH your child that adults ask other adults for help, they don’t ask kids.
- TELL your child that if anything ever happens to them you will always love them and always look for them no matter how long it takes to find them.
- Have these conversations often and talk about it more as children become age-appropriate.
For more safety tips or helpful illustrations that show kids how to fight back, visit the Love Our Children USA website.