What Have You Told Your Children About Dealing With Strangers?
In light of some disturbing events that allegedly took place at the St. Cloud Library, I think it's important to remind children about what to do if they're approached by someone they don't know.
I have an aunt who works for Hennepin County and for as long as I can remember she's been preaching about 'stranger danger.' As a kid, it's easy to be trusting if someone seems nice. Sure, we were taught to be cautious but when you're young it's hard to know what and what not to trust. When she would bring it up as us kids got older, it was easy to blow it off. We were teenagers and we knew everything. On top of that, not every stranger is bad.
Now I look around at all the terrible things that happen here, all over the country and across the world and I get why she was so adamant about being careful. It's really sad when you think about it. You have to be careful everywhere and in a way, we all have to question each others motives. It shouldn't be like that at all.
That's a whole different issue, the bottom line is we need to do everything we can to make sure children are safe and that they feel safe. What have you taught your children when it comes to dealing with strangers?