Talking to your kids about ‘stranger danger’

Posted On Wednesday January 24, 2024

The days are getting longer, and as kids start to walk home more often or stay out later, it’s important to remind your children and teens to be mindful of their surroundings and stay vigilant against the potential danger of strangers.

The district reminds parents and guardians to discuss “Stranger Danger” safety precautions with the young people in their lives. While we will continue to have these discussions with students at school, it is important they also continue to hear these safety tips from their parents and trusted adults at home.

Please remind them of the following points:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you notice anything or anyone suspicious, notify a parent or another trusted adult, such as a teacher or grandparent.
  • Never go somewhere with a stranger. If a stranger ever approaches and offers a ride or treats (like candy or toys) or asks for help with a task (like finding a lost dog), step away, yell “No!” and leave the area immediately. Always notify a parent or another trusted adult of what happened right away.
  • Trust your instincts and your feelings. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable or if you feel like something’s just not right — even if you can’t explain why — walk away immediately and notify a trusted adult.
  • Don’t take shortcuts. Use main routes and avoid secluded areas.
  • Walk in pairs when possible and stay in well-lit, high-traffic areas.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. Phone home when you’re leaving a friend’s house and say when you will be home.
  • Phone if you are going to be delayed or if your plans change.
  • If you believe you are being followed, call 9-1-1.

Communication is key when it comes to child safety. Sometimes it can be difficult to initiate conversations about possible dangers to your children, but it is essential in preparing them in case of emergency.

Please feel free to contact your school if you have questions or concerns, or would like additional resources.

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