“Getting To Know You” – Back to Basics

written by Matthew Barbis

One of the very first lessons that we teach at The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation deals with a proper introduction. Without a proper introduction, we explain, you do not know that person and therefore, that person is a stranger.  It is very important that children are introduced to the people around them – carefully defining who they may trust.

Trust is a very important concept that we must all keep at the forefront of every meaningful relationship in our lives. It is the very concept that holds together family, friendships and even communities as a whole.

Please define, discuss and constantly reinforce the word trust with your children.

Please watch the following video with your children and explain to them how Tad may not trust the students he sees because he doesn’t know them – i.e. he hasn’t been properly introduced to them.

Take notice of how his demeanor changes once he has been introduced and also introduces his friend to everyone.

For our purposes, trust is the act of to depending upon people we know; parents, guardians, friends, relatives, teachers, police, fireman, authority figures. You may demonstrate this to your children by explaining to your children that they rely on mom & dad to prepare their meals for them; to clean the house for them; and most importantly protect them from harm.

Please feel free to download the corresponding lesson plan for “Getting To Know You” on our free curriculum page. The more you practice stranger safety awareness with your children, the better they will be prepared if a dangerous situation presents itself!

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation
Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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