Most strangers pose no threat to children, it’s not always strangers that try to harm children, and teaching ‘Stranger Danger’ creates a society full of fear and suspicion.
Clever Never Goes helps you recognise when someone (anyone) is asking you to go with them. We call this ‘Go Spotting’. It’s about giving you some practical safety skills and confidence to engage with the outside world.
Here are 3 clever, easy steps for kids to stay safe:
· Don’t be afraid of strangers. Talk to your family about who it is safe to go with or trust, in different situations like mom, dad, grandma, your friend’s parents. Ask your parents to create this safe list together with you.
· We know you’re clever! We want you to use your cleverness to stay safe when you’re outside and away from home or people you trust.
· Never go with someone you don’t know unless this has been arranged with your parents before. When in doubt, always ask or check with the people on your safe list. If someone you don’t know tries to convince you to go with them, shout, run away and tell another adult (like the police, a teacher, a security guard, a shop keeper)