| If You See a Stranger, Remember the Danger!
By Sarah Lane
Aug 8, 2006, 08:20 PST
If You See a Stranger, Remember the Danger.
We want to believe that everyone on this Earth is nice and would never do anything to hurt another person. Is a wonderful thought, but not the truth. There are strangers, or people you don't know, who you should not trust.
In this exercise you will learn how to tell the difference between someone who is a trusted adult and strangers who might mean you harm. You will learn what to do and how to keep yourself safe from danger. This lesson is called, If you see a stranger, remember the danger. We will repeat this saying a lot so that in the end you will know how to keep yourself safe.
Follow along as Carrie teaches you how to be safe from the dangers of strangers.
Hi my name is Carrie. I am going to teach you how to keep yourself safe from strangers. As you grow up you'll start to do more things by yourself, without the help of your parents.
You will learn how to tie your shoes. You will learn how to set the table. If your Mom and Dad are lucky, you'll learn how to clean up after yourself! But the most important lesson you will learn while growing up is how to take care of yourself.
There will be times when your Mom or Dad won't be there to protect you. You'll have to remember what to do to protect yourself, especially from strangers. Just like there are good apples and rotten apples, there are good people and rotten people.
There might be a time when you're walking alone to the bus stop. You might be walking to school with friends or playing in a neighborhood where you don't live. These are times when a stranger might try to talk to you. A good thing to do is wear a whistle around your neck to use when you get scared. This will draw attention to you and people will notice the stranger and help you.
These are examples of when you must be smart and safe. It's up to you to protect yourself. Look around you and be aware of what's going on. This is the first step in protecting yourself from the dangers of strangers. Ask yourself these questions when you are looking around. Is someone walking up to you or following you that you don't know?
Is there stranger looking at you from a nearby car that you don't recognize? Is a stranger trying to get you to help them find someone or something? These are all ways that strangers will try and trick you. They will be sneaky, but you can outsmart them. The best thing to do is run and yell until you get to an adult you know. You could run into a store and tell them to call the police.
My brother Patrick and I walk to school together. We know that it is safer to walk with a friend or two instead of alone. The more people you have in a group, the safer you are from strangers. We know that we should be looking around at all times, watching for people who look suspicious. Being smart means staying safe!
If you see a stranger, remember the danger.
Never get into a car without the permission of your parents. Strangers may tell you that they have a message from your parents or that something happened to your family. They will try to trick you into going with them.
Our Mom gave us a secret code word so we know when a message is coming from her. If someone says the code word to us, then we know it's safe to go with them. Otherwise, never go with anybody, especially a stranger. Keep your code word a secret between you and your parents. Don't even tell your best friend.
If someone is trying to get you into their car, run away and find a parent, police officer, or teacher you trust. Tell them right away! You have the power to save your life and the lives of others.
Another good thing to remember is don't take anything from anyone without checking with your parents first. Someone might try to give you candy, cookies, or something else. Never take anything from anyone.
So can you remember what we have learned so far?
If you see a stranger, remember the danger.
Just like there are good and rotten apples, there are good and rotten people.
Watch for people who look suspicious. Tell a trusted adult such as a parent, police officer, or teacher if you see someone who looks suspicious.
The more people you have in a group, the safer you are from strangers.
Never get into a car without the permission of your parents.
Have your parents give you a code word so you know when a message is really coming from them.
Don't take anything from anyone.
You have the power to save your life and the lives of others.
Being smart means staying safe.
This may be the most important lesson you'll ever learn. Never trust a stranger! Your parents, police officers, and teachers are trusted adults. You must tell them if you see or hear anything suspicious.
Always say NO if someone is making you uncomfortable or trying to get you to do something you don't want to do.
Our Mom told us that the one time we can yell and scream really loud is when a stranger keeps talking to us after we have told them no. Especially if they are trying to get us to go somewhere. Scream, yell really loud, and run away! The best thing to do after that is find a trusted adult.
It's time to go inside now because is getting dark, but I am happy to have been given the chance to tell you about the dangers of strangers. What's the most important rule again?
IF YOU SEE A STRANGER, REMEMBER THE DANGER!
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