Going For Something Better Than The Stranger DangerIt is time we junked the Stranger Danger program for something better.
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And then came the clanger. It didn't work! Well that's not altogether true; it did have some affect. There was an improvement in vigilance and there probably were some children that were made safer. But the problem was the realization that most assaults on children were not and still are not carried out by strangers. It's just not that simple.
Well that won't work either. You can't live life without trust. It becomes a complete disaster when you teach kids not to trust. What happens when you need help and the only person available is a stranger? For that matter most of the people that we rely on for help, the ones we know we can trust were strangers once. How can we possibly help our children to navigate through life if we teach them nothing but mistrust.
Lets face it the Stranger Danger program is dead, unfortunately no one has told anybody yet including the education institutions that we rely on to pass on this information to us and our children. We still have this program preached from much of the Media and many schools.
We have to teach our children and each other, how to deal correctly with strangers but not just stranger. We have to learn how to deal with each other so that we can build trust.
The following article show that there are people out there that are working hard to change our thinking. But teaching such self defense is not easy. The problem is the original program was simple. Knowing how to build trust and mutually beneficial relationships is not. Still read this article it helps.