Why Teaching ‘Stranger Danger’ Doesn’t Work


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In an episode of the TV detective series Monk, gruff police captain Leland Stottlemeyer faces a family emergency when his teenage son skips school to attend a rock concert where, as is the case in most Monk episodes, a murder has just been committed. The captain, working with concert security to locate the boy, is chagrined to realize that the most recent photo he has of him is from elementary school.

The lapse is meant to show Stottlemeyer as an increasingly out-of-touch parent, and we're expected to chuckle at his discomfort when his son, safely returned, is furious that the outdated photo is plastered all over the venue.

In a time when child abduction is widely identified as most parents' greatest safety concern, Stottlemeyer's distress over his son's disappearance in an unsavory environment isn't all that funny, and his lack of preparedness-as a police officer, no less-underscores how easy it can be to get caught unprepared. So how can parents avoid making the same mistakes as the fortunately fictional captain?

Understand the dangers

According to a number of studies examined by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a majority of parents cite stranger abduction as their No. 1 concern for their children's safety.

"Abduction has always been our biggest concern," says Julie Ridenour of Holly Springs, who with husband, Rich, is raising stepsons Rick, 22, and Ryan, 19; son J.R., 10; and daughter Grace, 2. "We've never let our [preteen] kids do things like lemonade stands out on the neighborhood corner or walking to the store with friends. ... It just seems like too much of a risk."

Media coverage of child kidnapping and murder cases fans the fear of "stranger danger," raising the specter of the violent child predator who vanishes into the night. But statistics from the national organization that helps parents, schools and law enforcement understand and prevent child predation through education and preparedness show that most child abductions - nearly 78 percent in a 1999 study - are committed by a family member trying to deprive a caretaker of custodial rights.

In the remaining, nonfamily abductions, fewer than half (45 percent, or 9.9 percent of the total, in the 1999 study) are committed by someone unknown to the child or family. This means that when the abductor is unrelated to the child, it is just as likely that the family or child knows that person-as a friend, neighbor, babysitter, authority figure or casual acquaintance.

As a result, NCMEC has long advocated against the "stranger danger" concept of child safety education. Nancy McBride, national safety director for NCMEC and author of Child Safety is More Than a Slogan, explains: "‘Stranger danger' doesn't work on a number of levels: kids do not get it, adults don't practice it, it doesn't go far enough in protecting children, and the dangers to children are greater from someone they or their families know than from a random individual."

The bottom line: Child abduction by a stranger is relatively rare, and when parents focus solely on "stranger danger" without considering other threats to their children's safety, they may unknowingly expose their kids to risk.

Inform and empower your children

Because children don't have the experience of adults in navigating social situations, understanding what a "stranger" is can be difficult for them. Studies show that children using the "stranger danger" model often believe dangerous strangers will be ugly or that someone who knows their name must be trustworthy.

Furthermore, parents can undermine the message without realizing it: You talk to strangers every time you go out (by making small talk with a sales clerk, for example). As such, the "stranger danger" concept can confuse children, and it doesn't address risks posed by people who aren't strangers.

A better strategy, according to the NCMEC, is to talk specifically and matter-of-factly about safe behaviors: Don't venture away from home alone. Make sure a trusted adult knows where you are at all times. Get out of any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable. Report any troubling occurrence to parents immediately.

And because many children are reluctant to behave rudely or disobey an adult, parents need to give their children permission to ignore an inappropriate overture - such as a request for help - and to run away, yell, even fight if necessary, to escape a potentially dangerous situation.

Parents should also talk about when it is appropriate to ask strangers for help and whom to seek out. If you get separated in a public place, for example, kids should look for a uniformed officer or a store employee with a nametag or a mom with kids. If they're lost outdoors, they should stay where they are (or go to the safest place nearby) and make noise to attract attention. Make sure they know their full name, address and phone number so you can be reunited quickly.

"Child safety should be approached in a similar manner to other basic skills," McBride says, "not relying on fear, but rather teaching children how to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations through an open exchange and practice of the safety concepts."

Most importantly, assure your children that they can come to you - or another trusted adult - for help, no matter what the situation. "We emphasize to J.R. that he can tell us anything and not worry about, say, threats someone might have made to keep him quiet," Ridenour notes. "We say, ‘Your daddy's a big guy. We're not worried someone might hurt him. It's our job to protect you, not the other way around.'"

Provide guidance and supervision

One of the best ways to protect children from predators - stranger or otherwise - is to monitor their activities and know who they are with. Even as they get older and more independent, you remain your children's safety net.

If your child spends time at home alone, make sure he or she knows basic safety rules. "We told our older boys to keep the doors locked, no guests, don't open the door to anyone, don't tell anyone you're home alone," Ridenour says. "Once we got caller ID, we told them not to even answer the phone if they didn't recognize the number." Set up easy-to-follow instructions about handling emergencies and designate a trusted neighbor as an adult contact in case you can't be reached.

If they play outside, establish geographic boundaries so they know how far they're allowed to go, and have them tell you where they are at all times. Discourage them from going anywhere alone - there's more safety in numbers - and be specific about places that are off-limits.

Safety remains an important consideration when teens are out with their friends. Captain Rickey Padgett of the Durham County Sheriff's Office, who supervises school resource officers assigned to the Durham Public Schools, notes that while being with friends is typically safer than being alone, it does come with risks.

"Out in public, children tend to drop their guard when with friends or in places they visit on a frequent basis," Padgett says. "Plus, there are many other things that, through peer pressure and a sense of wanting to belong, can cause a lapse in judgment."

His advice: Continuously assess your child's level of maturity, know his or her friends, reinforce safe behavior and listen to your instincts. "You as a parent will know what is good or bad for your children," Padgett adds.

Lastly, it's critical that you get to know all adults who have access to your children, according to the NCMEC. Check references of potential child care providers. Drop in and be visible during your kids' extracurricular activities. Get to know the families of their friends. Take whatever steps are necessary to make sure your child is safe with these adults. And don't forget that every state has a sex offender registry through which you can obtain information about registered offenders.

Be prepared in an emergency

If, despite all efforts at prevention, you find yourself in Stottlemeyer's position - searching for a missing child - you stand a better chance at being reunited quickly if you notify law enforcement immediately and have information ready when they arrive. Capt. Padgett notes that police will request a physical description of your child (height and weight, distinguishing characteristics, clothing) and a recent photograph, plus details about who was with your child and where they might be likely to go.

In addition, NCMEC recommends parents keep copies of their children's fingerprints, samples of their DNA and up-to-date dental records. Certainly, parents never want to be in a situation where this information is needed, but it is better to gather it before an emergency than to be without it during a crisis.

Most important, experts agree, is arming your children with information and know-how, not to scare them, but to make them partners in their own safety.

"Today, kids need to be empowered with positive messages and safety skills that will build their self-esteem and self-confidence while helping keep them safer," McBride writes in her article. "Kids don't need to be told the world is a scary place. . . . Rather, they need to know their parent, guardian or another trusted adult is there for them if they are in trouble, and [that] most adults they encounter in their lives are basically good people."

Karen Lewis Taylor is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Apex with her husband and two daughters.


For more information
* National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
www.missingkids.com
Parent resources, educational materials, and helpful contact information such as tip lines and help lines.

* McGruff the Crime Dog
http://mcgruff-safe-kids.com
Information on child safety, identification, fingerprinting and crime prevention.

* National Sex Offender Public Website
www.nsopw.gov
Access to state databases that search by name, geographic area and other information.

What to do in an emergency
If your child is missing, or if you have information about a missing or exploited child:

  • Call 911 and notify your local police.
  • Call 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678).


To help law enforcement in case your child is missing:

  • Keep a complete description of your child.
  • Take color photos of your child every six months (and keep one with you).
  • Keep copies of your child's fingerprints, samples of DNA and up- to-date dental records.
  • Know where your child's medical records are located.


Tips for keeping children safe

  • Know your children's daily activities and habits. Listen to what they like and what they don't.
  • Encourage open communication, letting your children know they can talk to you about any situation. Reassure children that their safety is your main concern.
  • Set boundaries about places they may go, people they may see,
  • and things they may do.
  • Reinforce the importance of the "buddy system."
  • Tell children it's OK to trust their instincts. They can say "no."
  • Remember there is no substitute for proper adult supervision.


Source: Personal Safety for Children, www.missingkids.com

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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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Live online classes for kids - FREE! Kids and families can join our online classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about art, medicine, music, cooking, science and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online at your Home
265 Cambridge Ave #60923
Palo Alto, NC  94306
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Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
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Farmers markets are essential to the livelihood of farmers and food producers and are exempt from the Governor's Stay at Home Order (page 6). Farmers markets offer an efficient way for residents to...

Cost: free

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Farmers Market Coordinator
Telephone: 919-567-4010
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  Meet at the Waterwise Garden (first parking lot on right) Join our bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Parents, bring your child to class with you. Children 10 years...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Must register in advance. Space is limited. Parents, bring your...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

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Calling all Black tech leaders and visionaries! Are you looking to spur future collaborations, discover new business and career opportunities, and invest in this community? Join us for T.H.E. State...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Durham Convention Center
301 W Morgan St
Durham, NC  27701
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Contact Name: Tarryn Henry
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

Live online classes for kids - FREE! Kids and families can join our online classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about art, medicine, music, cooking, science and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online at your Home
265 Cambridge Ave #60923
Palo Alto, NC  94306
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

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The 16th Annual (Virtual) Beaver Queen Pageant, Beavers in the Stream! The Beaver Queen Pageant is the Triangle’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on beaver...

Cost: free

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Telephone: 919-423-1502
Contact Name: Rachel Cohn
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We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

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The Beaver Queen Pageant is the Triangle’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on beaver personalities and compete for the title of Beaver Queen with their fashion,...

Cost: free

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Telephone: 919-698-9729
Contact Name: Rachel Cohn
Website »

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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
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