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Stranger danger tips to teach your kids after clown incident

Stranger danger tips to teach your kids after clown incident

Published by Emma Carton at 2:01pm 10th September 2019. (Updated at 3:20pm 10th September 2019)

Advice is going out to parents after a woman and child were reportedly chased by a stranger wearing a terrifying clown mask in Cornwall.

Police are investigating reports they were approached in woods near Penryn on Saturday evening.

The pair are understood to have fled in fear after the suspect, believed to be a man, ran after them.

Officers are urging anyone who might have seen something at around 7pm to come forward.

On this occasion, the child was with an adult.

However, these tips from charity, Action Against Abduction, are useful to teach your children when they are away from home.

What should I teach my children about stranger danger?

The NSPCC has this advice about keeping kids safe away from home:

  • Be prepared: You know that one day the moment will come when your child will want to spread their wings so it makes sense for you both to start preparing for it...
  • Talk about the dangers in advance: Whenever you're out with your child talk about how they think they can keep themselves safe. For example, you could ask them about how they know when it's safe to cross a road, what to do if a stranger starts talking to them or other children start to bully them.
  • Set some rules: Let your child know where they can and can't go and explain why you're setting these rules. You should also tell them a definite time to come home.
  • Build your child's confidence: It's probably a good idea to have a test run before you let them go out on their own for the very first time. Let them lead the way and only step in if they're putting themselves in danger.
  • Make sure you're ready too: Don't be surprised if your child tries to persuade you that they'll be fine to go out alone or with an older brother or sister – but don't be pressurised either. You need to be sure that they'd know what to do if there was no one there to help them, for example if they argued with their brother or sister
  • Keep talking: Even after they start going out on their own, keep discussing safety outside the home with them and remind them of the dangers. It's tempting to just leave them to it but you should still show you're interested in who they're spending their time with and what they're doing. If you do notice anything that doesn't seem quite right – like them being secretive or coming home with new belongings they can't explain – you should definitely look into the reasons why.

You can read more advice from the NSPCC here

Watch the 'Clever Never Goes' advice video from Action Against Abduction below...

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