Much as you’d love to wrap your child up in cotton wool and keep him by your side at all times, it’s normal for him to want some independence. It’s also normal for you to worry about who he might encounter in your absence. By teaching him to be safe around strangers, you’ll both feel more confident when he does go out alone. Here’s how:
- Impress upon him just how important it is to ask you or your partner for permission before he leaves the house, goes somewhere, or accepts a lift from someone.
- Explain that he must always tell you where he’s going, what route he’ll be taking, who he’s going with, and what time he’ll be home.
- Urge him never to approach or get in the car of anybody who pulls up on the kerb and asks for something.
- Make him promise he’ll always say no if someone tries to touch him, speak to him, or treat him in a way that makes him feel uncomfortable or scared.
- Explain that safety is more important than manners, so if an adult approaches him, he should get himself out of the situation as quickly as possible, without worrying about being impolite.
- Tell him that if he feels unsafe, he should tell a trusted adult right away.