This month at AKKA our Kenpo Kid theme of the month is on Stranger Safety.
I specifically use the word “safety” instead of “danger” because I do not want to create a negative connotation about strangers as many strangers are very nice people who pose no danger at all. Safety allows the kids to be empowered and understand that they are using “mental self defense” skills to stay safe. I see no point in labeling all strangers as “dangerous” and potential threats; as this only creates anxiety in our child’s mind.
Strangers are people we do not know well. We may see them everyday and even know their name but if we do not know much about them then they are strangers and we must be CAREFUL!
Are all strangers bad? No.
Are all strangers good? No.
And it is precisely because we don’t know that we must be careful!
The man we see walking down the street near our house…STRANGER
The lady we see at the checkout counter at the grocery store…STRANGER
An older kid who asks us to help him find his dog…STRANGER
An adult who asks us (a kid) for directions because they are lost…STRANGER
Now, most strangers are pretty nice people and would be nice to us.
BUT…because we can’t be sure we MUST be careful around ALL strangers.
So, let your kids know to ask you (their parents) who is and who is not a stranger.
Click here for a link for more tips on teaching your kids about Stranger Safety!
Take care and we will see you in class.