Parents, please share this with your children:
Who is a stranger?
A stranger is someone:
- We don’t know well
- You’ve never seen before
- Whose name you don’t know
- Your parents don’t know or approve
A stranger can be: male, female, tall, short, young, and old.
Strangers may only pretend to be nice. If a vehicle follows you report it to your parents or trusted adult immediately.
Strangers may call kids by their names; if you don't know them, think that it could be a trick.
- Ask permission from your parents of caregiver before going anywhere or taking anything from anyone
- Tell your parents where you are going to be
- Tell your parents if someone talks to you about them taking you somewhere
- Be ready to run, maybe even in the opposite direction
Don’t or Never:
- Don’t believe a stranger if they say you are not loved or wanted by your family.
- Never go with someone who doesn’t know your family secret code
- Don’t let a stranger touch you, it’s ok to “Say No”
- Don’t ever tell a stranger your name or that you’re lost
- Don’t give personal information on the internet,
- Never agree to meet someone you met on-line
- Never order anything on-line without your parents permission even if it’s free
- Never send photos of your self on line
- Never approach a stranger in a car, van, or truck
- Never tell anyone at the front door you are home alone or anyone on the phone you are alone
- Remember what a stranger looks like
- How tall? Compare to a door, or a person you know
- How old?
- Hair color? Straight, curly, short, long
- Scars, tattoos, birthmarks
- Clothing? Color or descriptions
What if a stranger...
- ...asks for help?
- Say no- leave immediately, step back while they are talking to you, and don’t approach cars, vans or trucks. Tell your parents immediately.
- ...offers you candy, a present, money, or a ride?
- Ask your parents and adult in charge before accepting anything.
- ...follows you to or from school or the playground.
- Go to a safe place right away. Be ready to run.
- ...says your parent is hurt, sick, in trouble, or your house is on fire?
- Your parents wouldn’t send a stranger to pick you up. This person should know your family secret code.
- ...comes up to you in the store or what if you get lost while shopping?
- Look for a store employee wearing a uniform and name tag, remain at the front of the store until your parent comes to you.
- ...tries to grab you or says, “Come with me, or else” ?
- Run to a safe place with people and lights, screaming, "Stranger! Help!" as you run. Report it to your parents or trusted adult immediately.
- ...from the Internet asks to meet you?
- This person maybe dangerous- think about the consequences. They may kidnap you or take you far away from your friends and family.
- ...wants to take your picture or touch you?
- Say No! And mean it, report it to your parents or trusted adult immediately
- ...comes to the door or calls when you are home alone?
- Don't open the door or tell anyone you are alone.