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Beyond `stranger danger’: teaching children about staying safe from stranger child abduction, 21/05/14 [E/NI/S/W]

This report from Parent and Abducted Children Together finds no definition of ‘stranger danger’. It is simply a slogan for child safety strategies which focus on teaching children to recognise a stranger, and to not talk to, or go with, or take things from them.

However, this study found that the traditional ‘stranger danger’ approach does little to keep children safe because:

  • Even older children can struggle to tell a stranger from a non-stranger;
  • Strangers will help children (for example if they are lost or feel unsafe) more often than they will harm them;
  • Most abductions are committed by people who are known to children. 
It calls for new safety materials to be developed, tested and made widely available to help teachers and parents talk to children about stranger child abduction.

For full details see the PACT website.

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Beyond `stranger danger’: teaching children about staying safe from stranger child abduction