Stranger Danger During Halloween
If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Did you ever hear that as a child? There are times where we need to tell our children that not everyone is nice and not everyone is friendly. Halloween is an appropriate time to talk to your children about stranger danger.
Halloween is a time where children are vulnerable.
They believe that everyone is having fun and everyone that hands out candy is nice. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In the world we live in, many of us don’t know all of our neighbors. To keep informed, it is recommended you check the sex offender database for your immediate area. You can plug in your city and/or zip code on the FBI list of sex offenders to see if there are any in your neighborhood. https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/sex-offender-registry This list is only as good as the information provided. It is only those who have complied to turning in their information and only those that have been prosecuted. Authorities caution users the registry is merely a guide.
Ultimately, the best solution for safe trick or treating is to accompany your child.
Visit our online guide for additional safety tips to keep your Halloween a fun time for your family.
According to the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) an estimated 60% of perpetrators of sexual abuse are known to the child – babysitters, child care providers, neighbors. About 30% of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are family members. Only about 10% of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are strangers to the child. These statistics are alarming, so it is very important to pay attention and question/report anything that seems unusual.
The NSOPW also offers suggestions for talking to your child. It does not need to be alarming to the child – instead, equip them with knowledge and give them the power to say no.
Don’t be tricked this Halloween!
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