Author: Shannon Miller
10 Ways to Protect Your Child from Strangers
Tell your child:
- Strangers are people you don’t know well. Even if they seem nice, they may try to hurt you.
- Don’t talk to strangers – even if they offer you candy, money, gifts, rides or know your name.
- If a stranger asks for help finding something or carrying something, say NO, get away quickly and tell a grown-up you trust.
- Stay away from dark and deserted areas.
- Always play and walk with a buddy
- If a stranger follows you or tries to grab you, yell “Help!” as loudly as you can and run to a well-lit place where other people are around.
- Don’t answer the door for anyone if you’re home alone. Call 911 if someone tries to get in.
- If you’re home alone and someone calls, say your parents are busy, and take a message.
- If you get lost in a store, find a security guard or a store employee – someone behind the counter – and say you’re lost. Then stay where you are.
- Make sure you always tell me where you are, whom you are with and when you’ll be home.
Courtesy Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office