Educating Youngsters About Security and “Stranger Hazard”


My daughter’s preschool trainer just lately talked about they had been studying about “stranger hazard.”

The kids had been out on the playground when somebody strolling a canine caught their consideration. They stayed within the playground, however gathered on the fence with pleasure to see and greet the canine and proprietor. However it didn’t cease there. The questions ensued from these curious preschool minds, “What’s its identify?” “What sort of canine is it?” Who may blame them? However when does a pleasant greeting grow to be an excessive amount of when you’re additionally attempting to show your youngster about strangers? The academics distracted them again to one thing within the playground so the proprietor and canine may transfer on with the day, however I’ve encountered related “stranger hazard” eventualities many instances since.

For instance, as soon as my daughter settles into preschool for the day, she turns into a social butterfly. We love this about her persona and encourage it, however it’s been tough getting her to know boundaries. For instance, I’ve heard from academics that she has A LOT of questions for different dad and mom dropping off or selecting up their kids within the classroom. I’m so glad she’s comfy on this atmosphere, as she needs to be, however I additionally need her to be respectful of different folks’s time, and I would like her to have the ability to distinguish this protected atmosphere from others that is probably not protected.

We’ve mentioned this together with her academics, and within the classroom the academics speak with the preschoolers about these different conditions outdoors of the classroom, and the way they should test with their grownup first earlier than speaking to somebody they don’t know. Simpler mentioned than carried out—not less than for us! It’s actually been a problem imposing this in our common day-to-day.

Our daughter makes positive she’s holding us to the identical requirements and guidelines we’ve imposed on her—this all the time makes issues attention-grabbing! Someday I used to be grocery procuring with each my daughters and I used to be explaining to my preschooler why we couldn’t purchase one thing she had her eye on. A lady procuring alongside stopped me to share variety phrases about how she remembers these loopy days and infrequently misses them now that her daughters are grown and out of the home. After a quick alternate, I turned again to our grocery procuring solely to have my daughter query if I knew that lady. I attempted to elucidate the distinction between her speaking to strangers and adults speaking to strangers, however I additionally assume it went in a single ear and out the opposite earlier than she had set her eyes on one thing else she wished off the cabinets!

How and when do you train your younger kids about stranger hazard, and why it’s okay for adults to speak to strangers, however not okay for them to take action? Have you ever tried any “stranger hazard actions” as a household?

I’m a mother of two, worker of Shiny Horizons and a foodie who likes to cook dinner, journey, and snicker. In my free time, I prefer to fake I understand how to make use of my DSLR like a professional and do principally all issues inventive (main DIY-er right here). I’m excited to share a number of the ups-and-downs of parenthood as my husband, two daughters, two canines and I discover life as a household!



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