Parents, here are some bullet points in order for you to initiate some safety conversations with your children.
What is a stranger?
Talk about how anyone you don’t know is a “stranger” that there are more good than bad strangers, but since you can’t tell one from the other you shouldn’t talk to any of them.
The Answering the Door Drill
Decide on your family’s plan of action if your child is to be home alone and someone comes to the door. Practice with your child
Dial 911 and Your Own Telephone Number
Practice dialing the numbers from all the different styles of phone in your house
The Stand Up, Back Up and Run to… Drill & The Arms Reach Drill
Practice with your child different scenarios of people approaching them.
Remember people who abduct children evolve their ruses so get creative, and make sure your child knows where and who to run to.
The Grab and Drag Drill or the Cat Drill
Pick up your child and have them wiggle as hard as they can to get you to put them down. Remember that the more you practice, the better prepared your kids will be. Just like a fire drill or tornado drill. Training helps response.
The Telephone Answering Drill
Role play with your child, try to get them to admit that they are home alone
The Approaching Stranger Drill
Use props when you work with your child, remember puppies and candy are hard to resist. The child should do the Stand Up, Back Up and Run to… drill
The Car Drill
Use your vehicle as the prop – sit in it (don’t drive it, as there is the possibility of an accident) try to get your child to approach.