A stranger is someone you don’t know. Not all strangers are bad, but since you don’t know them it’s hard to know for sure. The safest thing you can do is avoid talking to strangers unless a parent or adult you can trust is around.
Keep these tips in mind to be safe around strangers:
- Don’t talk to strangers. If a stranger approaches you, find an adult you can trust right away—like a parent, policeman, or teacher.
- Never approach a stranger’s car or agree to go somewhere with them. Don’t accept gifts or rides from someone you don’t know.
- Avoid walking to or from school or a friend’s house by yourself. Walk with a buddy!
- Never talk to a stranger on the internet or on your cell phone. Make sure you never tell any stranger your name, age, address, or the name of your school.
Remember, it’s OK to say “No!” to a stranger who tries to talk to you. When you’re out playing with your friends, stick together and be aware of your surroundings—if something doesn’t seem right, leave the area and tell an adult. As always, let’s stay safe together!