Sunday, 16 January 2011

Family Home Evening - Stranger Danger

I got a text from my 7 yr olds school last week warning of a mysterious Red Van in the area and of the need to go over "Stranger Danger" with our children again. What better time then in Family Home Evening.

Opening Song: Love is Spoken here

Opening Prayer:

Lesson: Mommy

This FHE will be more of a discussion. Here are a few of the things we are going to discuss:

Who is a Stranger:

Good Strangers: Examples of “good” strangers may include police officers, security guards, teachers, store clerks, etc. These are all examples of people to turn to if when your child needs help.

There are other situations where they might be approached my a Bad Stranger - the park, residential street, etc – those easily identifiable people may not be around.

Your child should know that there really are many more “good” people, than “bad."

On My Child Safety they give a list of items to discuss with your child. Here is the list:

  • Know your name, address, and phone number.
  • Use the buddy system – avoid walking anywhere alone.
  • Trust your instincts – if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
  • If a stranger approaches you, you do not have to speak to him or her. Never approach a stranger in a motor vehicle. Just keep walking. Do not accept candy or any other items from a stranger. Never walk off with a stranger no matter what he or she tells you.
  • If someone is following you try to remember the license plate of his or her vehicle and immediately tell a trusted adult.
  • If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away or dragging you into his or her car. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, "this is not my dad," or "this is not my mom."
We are going to role play some scenarios as well.

Can you believe this guy is still cool and helping children take a "bite" out of crime? I KNOW (Said like Monica from friends) I couldn't believe it either. Well he has a fantastic Coloring book that talks all about Stranger Danger for Children. It is Brilliant! Here is the link For our Activity we are going to color this book and talk about the pages.

I hope this idea for FHE works for you. Let me know what you think!!

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