Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Stranger Danger

Since we are moving to a new and very large city I decided the other day in the car educate the boys in the ways of avoiding, and getting away should a stranger ever grab them. Not that we want them to live in fear, but so they know they have the power to get away, and not be scared to do whatever they need to do. I explained to them, that should they ever wander away, or get lost and someone, OTHER THAN A POLICEMAN, tried to grab them, they were to kick, hit, spit, pull hair, and scream as loud as they could until the "Stranger" let go, and then to run as fast as their little legs could carry them.

Well, since we had that conversation, now they want to know if EVERY single person they see, is a stranger. Even on TV. Every Character, "Is that a Stranger?" "Is that a BAD stranger?" I am glad they are so aware of whats out there, but FOR THE LOVE!! make the questions STOP!


Kelli said...

Good for you. I've been thinking about this lately too. It's just such a terrifying thought, but it's important to teach them what to do to protect themselves, heaven forbid, if they get separated from you. Good luck with the move. I'm sure everything will work out.

sarahgrace said...

Yeah, we had an incident here in our town recently where a 9 year old girl was abducted from her front lawn, and she actually bit (yes BIT) the nose of her abductor when he went to blindfold her, and was able to get away. They also caught the guy, as his nose was very identifiable.
So, moral of the story: Don't forget to include biting as a way to get away as well! (and the questioning is worth it, if it saves their lives someday!)

Lois E. Lane said...

When I was little, I saw a video about strangers, and there was a "bad guy" wearing a bandana and holey jeans. So I was wary of --at all costs-- people matching that description, including Willie Nelson :)

steve and randel hambrick said...

yes! we have the same topic of discussion going on currently in our household also.

my oldest, 5 1/2 years old, will not smile or talk AT ALL to someone she doesn't know now. not even a "hello" even if we are together. if i ask her to say "hello" she'll look at me puzzled and say "he's a stranger!" and still won't do it.
better safe than sorry :)