Children are naturally explorative, especially in new places with new things. This makes it difficult for parents as they need to be constantly vigilant of their child’s whereabouts and actions in order to keep them safe. Strangers can sometimes be helpful and assist your child; they can also be a source of harm or danger. This can be true for family members or close friends as well. It is important to not only teach your child to stay close to you (or their carers) when in public places, but also how to react if someone approaches them in an inappropriate manner.
Read through this document with your child’s primary care givers and discuss your definition of a stranger. Then, talk to your child as a team about stranger safety in an age appropriate and non-threatening manner. The best way for kids to learn is for them to actively participate in the learning process as you conduct your day to day activities, young children learn through repetition. The topic of Stranger Safety Skills should be a regular discussion you have with your child to keep them safe. Just like electricity safety or water safety. An example of leading into a discussion about Stranger Safety would be asking your child “What would you do if a stranger gave you a lolly”? Then lead the discussion of Stranger Safety around their response.
We have covered the following topics in our Stranger Safety Skills Fact Sheet:
- General safety rules for Stranger Safety
- Safety rules when your child is with people they know
- Safety rules when your child is on their own
See below for the Guideline and Fact Sheet.
Maree has over five years of experience in Occupational Health and Safety and in the development of safety standards, training workshops and improvement initiatives. She is passionate about health, safety and education. Maree, a mother of two children, has a Advanced Diploma in OHS and will be graduating soon with a B.Sc. (HSE) from Australia.