7 Useful Ways To Teach Your Kid About STRANGER DANGER

Singapore is safe but you still need to take precautions.
12 April 2019

How do you teach your child about stranger danger?

When talking to young children about strangers who could pose a threat to them, strike a balance between taking precautions and avoiding being over-protective. Stranger danger is the awareness communicated to children that sometimes people you do not know may have the intention to harm you.

In 2017, an eight-year-old disappeared from a wedding party she was attending with her parents in the French Alps.

Although such cases of stranger danger raise alarm and fear, most abductions usually involve people who are familiar with the child, says Christina Teh, a lecturer in the diploma course for early childhood education at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

The adage about never talking to strangers may be counterproductive.

Ms Teh says: “It would be impossible to identify all ‘bad’ and ‘good’ strangers. It is important not to frighten children unnecessarily as we also want them to be sociable individuals.”

Here we offer some tips for parents on ways to address the issue with their children.

A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times

Text adapted from www.youngparents.com.sg, April 2019 / Photos: The Straits Times and 123RF.com

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