“My mom told me not to talk to strangers. I don’t get it; what’s the big deal?”
I’m glad you asked because knowing how to deal with strangers is an important part of staying safe. Here’s some advice:
- A stranger is a person whom you have never met. You may have seen the person before but don’t know anything about him or her.
- Most strangers are nice, but some are not. You can’t tell if a stranger is nice or not by looking at him or her. But you can tell if a situation is good or bad.
- Be aware of dangerous situations. If a stranger asks you for help or to keep a “special secret,” it could be a dangerous situation. Say no and tell a trusted adult.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel scared or uncomfortable, get away from the situation. Make an excuse or just run away, and go to a safe place.
- Know what to do. Think No, Go, Yell, and Tell. If you’re in a dangerous situation, say no, run away, yell as loud as you can, and tell an adult.
- Ask your parents first. If a stranger invites you to go somewhere, offers you a gift, or just wants to talk, say you need to ask your parents for permission first. Then go do it.
- Stick with friends. It’s always safer to play in a group.
Hope you find this helpful. Stay safe!
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