Stranger Safety

Does your child have stranger smarts? Help protect her with our stranger safety tips.

A Safety Quiz for Your Middle-Schooler

Take a safety quiz -- based on real-life situations -- and find out just how much you know. read more

Changing the Message About Strangers

After years of telling her daughter ''never talk to strangers," a mother wonders how to begin to say ''now it's okay to talk to strangers." read more

Child Abduction: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Child Abduction: What Every Parent Needs to Know"Is my son safe playing in a neighbor's back yard? They seem like nice people, but can I really trust them?" "Does my daughter know what she should do if a stranger approaches, asking for help or offering candy?" read more

Do You Know How to Keep Your Middle-Schooler Safe?

Find out what you need to do to keep your child out of harm's way. Take this quiz, based on Gavin de Becker's best-selling book, Protecting the Gift. read more

Expert Advice: Strangers and Safety During the Holidays

Expert Advice: Strangers and Safety During the HolidaysThe holiday season is a joyful time of year, but it's also a time of year when you need to be extra-cautious when out and about with your child. Between frenzied trips to the mall for holiday shopping, crowded airports, and holiday parties, it can be hard to keep track of your little one in the crowds. read more

Have Your Teenage Daughter Test Her Safety Know-How

Have Your Teenage Daughter Test Her Safety Know-How As you begin to enter adulthood, you will become increasingly independent from your parents. Do you know how to keep yourself safe when you are on your own? Read through the scenario below from Gavin de Becker's book Protecting the Gift and see how much you know about decreasing the risk of being attacked or abused. read more

ID Cards for Kids

Many child safety advocates have argued that any child ID should not be visible or easily accessible to others; the fear of child abduction has spawned these fears. read more

Safely Ever After: Educating Children About Child Predators

Safely Ever After: Educating Children About Child Predators When it comes to child predators and stranger safety, many parents are in the dark about what to say to their children. Some parents approach it too seriously, while others use scare tactics and other unwise methods. Pattie Fitzgerald, founder and creator of Safely Ever After, Inc, has some expert advice on how to broach the topic in a way your children will understand, without making them overly fearful of strangers. read more

Teach Your Child What to Do If Lost

Here are some tips on what to teach your child to do if she is ever lost. read more

Teach Your Kids How to Talk to Strangers

Teach Your Kids How to Talk to StrangersIt's your worst nightmare. You're in a crowded mall -- shopping for back-to-school clothes -- and you think you've lost your daughter. Teach your kids what to do when they get lost with these suggestions from Gavin de Becker's bestselling book, Protecting the Gift. read more

Teaching Your Child About Strangers

Teaching Your Child About Strangers One of the most troublesome safety concerns for parents is the issue of dealing with strangers. You certainly don't want to quash your child's friendliness if he is naturally outgoing. Nor do you want to terrorize your child, making him paranoid and scared of everyone by dwelling on such unpleasant possibilities as kidnapping, rape, and murder. read more

Teaching Your Kids Street Smarts

Teaching Your Kids Street Smarts Here are some of the basic messages to teach your child once he starts venturing out on his own by foot or on a bicycle: read more

Videos for Preschoolers About Safety

Though no video can replace effective parental protection, there are some recommended programs about safety that are aimed at kids. read more

What's Your Child Safety IQ?

Take this quiz based on Gavin de Becker's best-selling book, Protecting the Gift. read more