Growing up, our parents always told us, “Don’t talk to strangers,” but is that what we should be telling our kids? Experts are telling us, no.
The “Stranger Danger,” lesson is where children are taught to never approach people they don’t know. This is done to protect children from predators or any bad intentions.
Experts are now saying that this lesson is extremely outdated, and sometimes does more harm than good.
“Whenever we’re teaching our kids, we want to help them to learn how to make the best decisions,” says parenting expert, Julie Freedman-Smith, of parenting power. “But rather than blanketing all strangers as dangerous – which is, of course, not the case – it’s really about helping kids get clear on using their own ‘how their tummy feels about someone’ (feeling) and helping them figure out who is a safe stranger.”
By portraying all strangers as dangerous, we might be teaching our children not to seek help from someone they don’t know, if necessary and no one else is around.
There are ways to teach your kids about strangers without telling them all strangers are bad. Here’s how: