The importance of “Stranger Danger”

By: Kelly Sommariva

It's a parent's worst nightmare, someone taking your child right in front of your eyes, and it's nearly happened several times in the last month.

It's a lesson you never want your child to learn the hard way. “Every time there's a new incident, we'll sit them down and ask them what would you do? What would you do if someone said will you help me find my dog?” said Dana Sutton, Daycare Director.

“Stranger Danger” is something Dana Sutton has always taught her school-aged kids. She's the Director at the Cornerstone Church Daycare.

“We've even taught them what to do if someone grabs them, just to be as aggressive as possible, bite, punch, hit,” said Sutton.

But now, she says they're going to teach kids as young as three-years-old those basic skills that could save their lives. Two weeks ago, a man asked a couple of Roper Elementary School students for help finding his lost puppy. The girls were able to run home safely.

This week, a four-year-old girl's screams scared off a man trying to reach into her family's car. “With this knowledge of what happened in their own driveway, we've decided to ramp up our current curriculum so we are introducing a new safety topic once a week,”

Sutton hopes what they teach kids here, can help them no matter where they are. Kids at that age are so teachable, Sutton says it's a great time for parents to talk to their kids about what to do in a scary situation because several very young kids have proven how valuable those safety skills are.