Tips for Parents on Teaching "Stranger Danger for kids"

Recent headlines may have made you feel nervous about your child’s safety and made you wonder how best to go about teaching Stranger Danger for kids. Here are some resources we found that might help:

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  • “My question is: how much you should talk to children about “stranger danger”. I have two girls aged six and eight and, generally, they are happy children. I have told them that they should only talk to people they know and that there are bad people out there.” Stranger Danger: How can I teach safety without scaring my child?” Q&A with Dr. John Sharry
  • “Kids naturally love to play outdoors, but with this comes the added parental responsibility of making sure your kids are streetwise and know some basic safety tips”, Raising Street-Smart Kids, article on
  • “Kids see strangers every day in stores, in the park, and in their neighborhoods. Most of these strangers are nice, normal people, but a few may not be. Parents can protect their children from dangerous strangers by teaching them about strangers and suspicious behavior, and by taking a few precautions of their own.” What to Teach Kids About Strangers — National Crime Prevention Council
  • The Underwear Rule is a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse.
    Talking with your child about private parts can seem difficult, but you can have simple conversations about keeping safe without using scary words or mentioning sex. PANTS as an easy way to teach children that their body belongs to them and to talk to a trusted adult if they ever feel scared or upset” – NSPCC.
  • Statistics tell us one in four children will experience sexual abuse by the age of eighteen. 90% of abuse is by someone they know and trust, & 82% do not tell anyone. So how do we help our children to stay safe? Award-winning blogger Tric from My Thoughts on a Page shares her 10 Tips to Keep Kids Safe from Abuse.
  • We tell our children it’s good to share but online it’s different and sometimes it can be dangerous. Watch this great video from NSPCC asking parents to “Be Share Aware” for internet safety for kids.
  • We created this to help remind parents of the importance of having a secret password:


You may also find this useful – 5 ways Facebook can put your home at risk.

If you have talked to your child about how to handle strangers approaching them and have any advice you want to share with other parents, feel free to share in the comments below.


Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls