“Stranger Danger For Kids”
It is important that children do not lose the desire to explore their environment, as they must learn how to sensibly assess risk: “They can’t be cosseted”.
The majority of children who are abused or abducted are done so by people known to them. We therefore risk giving them a false sense of security that they should only be wary of total strangers.
I accept that finding a balance is tricky. We can over-exaggerate the dangers, especially with the influence of modern media. We also can’t de-risk the world entirely. It is important that children are given the opportunities to explore.
From an early age, we should be asking them how they would react to a certain situation – say, if they throw a ball into a road, or if a stranger asks them to get into a car. We shouldn’t lecture them about the dangers, rather they should be encouraged to think of the right response first. We should then correct them if they don’t get it right. We want to train them to have the correct instincts when it comes to potential dangers.
It is clearly good advice to say: don’t get into cars. But we also want parents to be more aware of what their kids are doing at all times. We must present the idea to children that their parents are there as a source of guidance. We have been good in the past about inoculating our children against strangers, but we must also be wary of instilling in children an unwillingness to believe that someone they know could be harmful.
We equip the children with the most defensive self defence technique, which rather than making them aggressive makes them calm cool and composed to tackle the situation. We teach them Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques to handle the unforeseen situations like stranger danger.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu helps enables them to tackle situation physically and with common sense.
Some key points we teach the enrolled kids.
- Your parents need to know where you are at all times. If you’re with a babysitter, the babysitter does, too.
- If someone you don’t know talks to you, ask him which kid he’s with.
- Tell him that your mom (or babysitter) is _______ (right over there).
- Do not leave or get into a car with anyone you don’t know.
- If a stranger starts asking you lots of questions, ask your parent (or your babysitter) to come over.
- If anyone touches you, or tries to get you to go somewhere, yell for help!
Our Sampa Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy conducts Stranger danger class at regular interval. Call us now if you want to book a slot for the next session.
Hear straight from parents of the kids attending Stranger Danger Class
Pictures from one of our Stranger Danger Sessions.