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Teaching Your Preschooler About Stranger Safety

Posted on 07-28-2017

Safety is most parents’ number one priority when it comes to their child. As your child grows and starts preschool, one of the most important things you can do for her is teaching her about stranger safety. Here are a few points to cover with your child to ensure her safety at all times.

Use language she will understand

Children all generally have different levels of shyness and comfortability when it comes to meeting new people, and this will be important when it comes to discussing the concept of a stranger with your preschooler. If your child is already very shy or wary of others, avoid using extremely strong language that will further encourage her fear of others. Discuss the concept of a stranger as someone that she does not know. Talk about boundaries and the difference between a “safe place”—like home or her classroom—and an unfamiliar place.” Discuss the different behaviors that are appropriate in a safe place versus a not safe place. For example, at home, if Mom or Dad introduce her to a new friend, it is safe and okay to say hi and interact with this person. However, at the store, she should not approach people she does not know or leave Mom or Dad’s side.

Go over simple rules she will remember

The simpler the rules you make for your child, the more likely she is to remember them. Simple rules like these are great:

  1. Don’t talk to strangers.
  2. Don’t get in anyone’s car unless it’s Mom or Dad’s (or a previously accepted family member, carpooler). If someone new is picking your child up from school, always remember to discuss this with your child.
  3. Don’t take items from a stranger.
  4. Don’t wander off in public.
  5. If you get lost, go back to the last place you were with your mom and dad

Take new environments into consideration

When in a new environment, like going on a trip or to a large event, say a circus, with your child, it’s always important to go over new rules and point certain things out like where the front of a building is and even establishing a meeting place if you get separated. Some parents will write a number on their child’s hand or on a name tag that says, “If I’m lost, please call my Mom at this number.” Always hold hands with your child and remind her to stay with you.

Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Riverstone located in Sugar Land, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family. 

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