Learning About Stranger Danger
Sharing books on topics like personal safety, stranger danger, and street smarts is a gentle but effective way of educating and informing children about these essential facts. Authors of these books are especially careful to impart information in a matter-of-fact manner that does not frighten children, but rather gives them the necessary tools they need to keep themselves safe and protected from harm.
The library offers picture books and nonfiction titles both, and in the last week, they have been flying off of our shelves. This is a testament to the power these books have to help families teach their children how to stay safe.
Picture books are excellent for the youngest children, since they entertain while educating.
- The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Once Upon A Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids by Jean Pendziwol
- Ashley Learns About Strangers by Sarah, Duchess of York
Nonfiction titles are great for children in elementary school. They will have more information than picture books, and can be excellent starting points for launching discussions between you and your child.
- Stranger Danger by Cynthia MacGregor
- Street Smarts by Peggy Pancella
- Stranger Danger by Peggy Pancella
- Safety in Your Neighborhood by Lucia Raatma
- Safety Around Strangers by Lucia Raatma
- What Should I Do if a Stranger Comes Near? by Wil Mara
A good DVD to try is one that features favorite childhood characters.
- Too Smart for Strangers With Winnie the Pooh, and Pooh's Great School Bus Adventure