Stranger Danger and Martial Arts
Some tips and tricks for teaching young children to be safe in the their environment. This is a very difficult topic for children and parents. Parents should not rely on children to avoid danger.
Who is a Stranger??
- A stranger is someone the child doesn't know and who does not have a position of authority.
A Child's Perspective
- They are told to beware of strangers as though they are villains in cartoons.
- They need to be told that strangers look like normal people and not to go with strangers.
- However, some normal looking strangers (i.e. policemen) do not mean danger.
If we only tell them that all strangers are bad, they will be bogged down by unnecessary fear.
- There are some good nice strangers such as firemen, police, teachers and school authorities.
- If lost, children can find help by staying in public places and finding a store or restaurant from which they can ask a worker to call the police for them.
- This keeps the child safe, dealing with people that are on the clock and supervised (also on camera as places like stores or restaurants will have surveillance footage) until the proper authorities can be contacted.
In addition, according to the National Crime Prevention Council, parents should "teach them “No, Go, Yell, Tell.” If in a dangerous situations, kids should say no, run away, yell as loud as they can, and tell a trusted adult what happened right away. Make sure that your children know that it is okay to say no to an adult in a dangerous situation and to yell to keep themselves safe, even if they are indoors".
Parents must be vigilant and should not rely on children to avoid danger. Please see reference to National Crime Prevention Council.
- National Crime Prevention Council, What to Teach Kids About Strangers, http://www.ncpc.org/topics/violent-crime-and-personal-safety/strangers, Added - 04/25/15