Make Certain Your Children Know Not to Open the Door to Strangers
As parents, we have so many responsibilities that it is easy to get overwhelmed. One
thing that we should always make certain that we do, and do well, is teach our children
about the danger that strangers pose. Even if you donít leave your children at home
alone, they should still know not to let anyone into the home that they donít know, for any
reason. You never know when someone might come to the door, and if you are
unavailable, then your children are likely to go to the door to see who it is. This is how a
lot of children get abducted every year, so this is vital. You want your children to be and
feel safe while in their own home, but they must know that outsiders and strangers may
appear at the door, and that even though they may be wearing a uniform, they shouldnít
be trusted or allowed inside, for any reason.
Teach your child not to open the door, until they know who is on the other side. It is
important that you teach your child to look outside to see who is there, through a window
or peephole, and to ask who is there, before opening the door. Even if they think they
recognize the vehicle, they should still ask who is there, just to be certain. In the event
that your children are at home alone, teach them that if someone they donít know knocks
on the door, not to answer the door or say anything, and to call you or another adult they
trust on the phone. Stress that they donít open the door, or speak, under any
circumstances. You should teach your children this, regardless of where you live, or how
nice your neighborhood is.
Let your child know that if someone comes to the door they donít know, they are to come
get you, rather than open the door. If they are with a babysitter, or at someone elseís
home, the same rules still apply.
Talk to your children about telephone calls as well. Let them know that if they answer the
phone, and they donít know who is calling, not to say that you are not home, or give out
any information. They should take the phone to an adult, or hang up. This is not teaching
your children to be rude, this is keeping them safe. If you have caller id or an answering
machine, instruct your child not to answer the phone if they donít recognize the number
or the voice. If your children are home alone, let them know to never tell anyone that you
arenít there, to say that you canít come to the phone and will call back, or something to
that effect. Letting someone on the other line know that they are home alone could give
a predator the extra push to take action.
Talk with your child often about how to deal with strangers, once is not enough. Let them
know that if they are ever unsure about someone, to find someone they trust you,
another family member, teacher, neighbor, etc. Again, even if you never leave your
children home alone, this is information that you should drill into them, every chance you
get. It is vital for their safety and well-being.