Children need to be taught and made aware of the risks strangers can present. However this needs to be done in a way that will not frighten them or make them anxious.
Even though it is important for children to be polite and help people in need, teaching them to trust their instincts is essential. The concept of stranger danger needs to be discussed with children. Little Bear Beware tells of Oliver unexpectedly meeting a stranger. It highlights how it is easy to be tricked.
However the story is fun and non-confrontational. It allows the opportunity for dialogue with your child without causing undue fear or stress.
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