Teaching Stranger Danger in a digital world

What is the best way to teach about stranger danger in a digital world?

When it comes to our kids hanging out in online spaces, it seems the often dragged out ‘beware of strangers’ teaching, is not always going to be the best method to help kids ascertain bad behaviours. Especially as they get older and spend much time in and amongst all manner of strangers who are not necessarily people to be avoided at all costs. 

Stranger danger in itself is kind of a weird concept. Every day we meet strangers and we don’t have reason to be afraid of them. We would not be afraid of the shopkeeper, the person who walks past us on our way to school and smiles and says ‘hello’. We don’t have cause for our kids to fear the bus driver etc. Because everyday we encounter people who are strange to us, but who in no way wish to cause us any harm. And in actual fact most people are harmed by people they already know. Statistically speaking we are harmed more by those familiar than we are by those unknown.

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