From tackling peer pressure to learning to achieve five whole minutes without a cell phone in hand, addressing tough topics with your kids head-on can be hard. Even with the littlest ones, it’s not always easy to explain why you can’t get them that cute puppy and why they need to be nice to their sister. But with Netflix, your kid’s favorite shows can open the door for these tricky, sometimes awkward (hello parents of tweens and teens!), conversations.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our kids came with a stranger danger warning attached to their brain? Every parent wants to instill the common sense of staying away from strangers into their children. However, every parent knows that isn’t possible. I wanted to share some tips with how you can talk to your children about the danger of strangers.
Talk about adults you can trust.
Kids are way smarter than we give them credit for, but it’s still important to talk to them about adults they can trust. Talk to your child about who they can trust and who they can’t trust. I’m pretty straightforward with my kids and tell them that no one else will pick them up, unless I tell them that personally. I tell them that if they don’t feel right about something, then go with their gut instinct.
Talk about acceptable behavior.
It’s best to be honest with your child than to sugar coat anything. Stranger danger doesn’t just happen when your child is on his or her way home from school. Stranger danger can happen anywhere. It’s important that kids know what is acceptable behavior and what is not.
Talk about strangers coming in all forms.
A lot of times when we think about teaching our kids about strangers, we make them picture a super creepy man or woman. Strangers come in all shapes and sizes, which is why it’s important to talk to your kids about the dangers of talking to people they don’t know.
Talk through different scenarios.
If your kids are anything like mine, then sometimes they have to see it to believe it. Walking through different scenarios with your child is a smart move. For example: Ask your child what they would do if a car rolled up beside them and asked them to get it. Children should be able to picture different scenarios in their heads, so they can make a quick but smart decision when put in a weird situation.
Awareness is key.
Teaching your child to be aware of their surroundings is important. They should know what’s going on around them as they walk, ride their bikes, or even go in public places.
Having the “stranger” talk with your child is such a difficult topic, but it’s one that needs done. I try not to scare my kids when I talk to them about the strangers around them, but I am honest.
Netflix is host to a variety of family-friendly shows that explore a range of real-life issues with equal measures of humor, angst and heart. No matter your situation, chances are there’s a show and episode that can kickstart a dialogue around the topic just by watching it together. Here are a few shows streaming on Netflix that can help get the conversations started:
What are some ways you talk to your child about strangers?
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