I have found myself having to have the Stranger Danger conversation with my children.............
I did what I normally do and went home to google it!!!! All I found was lots of incidences where there has been rumour and urban myth, so I kind of forgot about it. However, it was playing on my mind, so this morning I rang around and found out from a friend on the other side of town, that it was true, that a man had allegedly been arrested in the North Watford area.
I hadn't had the stranger danger conversation with my children yet, aged 3 and 7. My Jasper in particular is a very chatty, sociable little boy,who likes to chat to anyone and everyone, and I was so reluctant to warn him against strangers, but have now done so. There are several YouTube videos you can show your children, but I only found American ones, so didn't think it appeared real enough. I did however find the attached a very useful read before I had the conversation.
I haven't gone as far as the discussion on sex education as yet, I think I will hold off until I can speak to his teachers on the subject!
The problem I've found is that if you ask children to describe a stranger they often paint them as menacing looking and mean and ugly, but of course we know "bad" strangers can come in many different guises. Some parents choose to put a password system in place, whereby if a stranger doesn't know their password then they should run immediately, however I think that prolongs a conversation. I have simply said if anyone you don't know asks you to go anywhere with them, then you say NO. I tried to stress there are more "good" strangers than "bad", and most likely will never meet a bad one, but to be wary nonetheless.
I now feel a bit sad about it all, but would welcome any input or advice that has worked for you?
Thanks for reading!