Fifty preschoolers at the Day Nursery Hendricks County Early Care and Education Center in Avon participated in a Stranger Danger program today at their center. The program was taught by Olivia Roney of Crouching Tigers. The interactive program allows children to learn about stranger awareness in a fun, safe, active and educational way. Olivia wants parents to know that the most important part of this program has a lot of do with parent followup at home. She sent a letter home with each student suggesting that parents have periodic chats with their child to find out how they would react to a situation with a stranger. She suggests that parents tell their child to pretend the parent is a stranger and then try to entice them with candy, toys and animals. In her Stranger Danger program, Olivia instructs the children to loudly yell “No Way!” and run away if a stranger approaches a child. When Olivia was four years old, a real stranger tried to bribe her into a car by saying there was a puppy in the back seat. Luckily Olivia’s Mother had taught her a valuable lesson when she was young and she put the plan into action. Olivia has donated around 150 hours a year sharing her knowledge with preschoolers in this program.
What a great way to teach children the dangers of strangers!! Preparation and expectation are two of the best ways to prepare your children for the unexpected, do not forget to remind them often about what to do.