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Parents, teachers and other caregivers must teach children about the dangers of strangers without frightening them. Youngsters learn best by acting out situations. Practising safety skills increases their confidence and their ability to cope.

·Talk to the child about the dangers of dealing with strangers

·Be a good listener when the child tries to tell you something is not right

·Teach the child the basics – home phone number, address and whom to ask for help

·Make rules about where and when kids can play

·Make sure the child understands the meaning of stranger

·Always know at all times where the child is

For Kids

A stranger is just someone you don't know and can look like anyone

·Never allow a stranger to talk with you or give you anything unless a trusted adult is with you and gives you permission

·Never give a stranger your name, address, telephone number or other personal information

·If you find yourself in an emergency situation and there's no one you know around to help, it's okay to accept the assistance of a stranger

·Always let the adult in charge of you know where you are going, the person going with you, and what you'll be doing

·Stand and walk with confidence and be aware of your surroundings wherever you are

·Keep a safe distance from any unknown person approaching you

·Don't hesitate to walk away from a stranger who either acts very nice or makes you feel uncomfortable

·Shout or scream to attract attention if a stranger tries to grab you or threaten you in another way

·If you become accidentally separated from your parent or guardian a shopping mall or any other place where there are many people, go immediately to a security guard, a person who works in a store or an information booth, or a mother with children and ask them for help

·Never hitchhike

·Never get into a car or other vehicle or go anywhere with anyone unless your parent or guardian has given you permission

·If someone follows you in a vehicle, start going in the opposite direction. If someone is following you on foot, run away as fast as you can and tell a trusted adult what happened

·If a stranger asks you for help or for directions, quickly walk away

·You should try to take a friend with you, and never go places alone

·Always ask your parents' or guardians' permission to leave the yard or play area or go into someone's home

Make your community a safer place to live for the children,
for now and for the future. Be Smart, Be Safe

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