How to Talk to Kids About Strangers

Stranger danger is old-school thinking. Betsy Brown Braun, author of "Just Tell Me What to Say," explains the new ways to help your kids stay safe.


[MUSIC] The thing about strangers and our children is not that we want to tell our children to be wary of strangers. We wanna tell our children of all ages to pay attention to how they fell when they're with someone. A child knows when somebody makes him feel uncomfortable. You get that tricky, icky feeling. And so what we say to children as young as two years old and certainly as old as 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 is if somebody makes you feel uncomfortable, if you get that icky feeling, you do not need to be with that person. And you find a grown up, and you tell them, that something is not right. Here's the bottom line. Your children of all ages need to know that it's never okay to go off with someone that the child does not know. It is never okay to accept a gift or to help someone the child doesn't know. You're going to have a long time to expose your child to this idea, because you'll be talking about it with him until he goes off to college. I know you'll do a good job with this one, Its not hard. [MUSIC]

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