Imagine this! Free Stranger Safety Awareness Lesson


by Patrick Chierichella, Educational Coordinator

The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

When I read about the newest and best way to teach, I think back to all the different modalities of learning and teaching I was supposed to embrace and become proficient with during my three and one half decades of teaching. I always find it amazing that the change comes imposed from on high and swamps parents along with their children. There are workshops for teachers by instructors, textbooks publishers, testing preparers and teaching guides to facilitate instruction. Are there any materials prepared for parents to use to support this new paradigm of instruction?

With this in mind, I’d like to give you parents and caregivers some materials you might use to help enhance your children’s stranger safety awareness skills. As I read through multiple books dealing with stranger safety awareness, there are several scenarios that appear frequently. I will address one situation in each of my next blogs and suggest questions that you and your child may discuss. Each is a stand-alone dialogue I call Imagine this! There is a short description of the scene and then several follow-up questions that you can use to develop a meaningful discussion with your child. Adapt as you see fit. Add questions. Change the location. Use it as a template. Use it as reinforcement of your family’s stranger safety awareness plans.

Imagine This – Part I

You hear this -“Your mom said to come with me”.

You get off the bus. Mom is not there but a classmate’s mom tells you to go with her. Tell your child that he/she will have to decide on their own what to do after he/she answers these questions you ask of them:

  • Did Mom say she wasn’t going to be waiting for you at the bus stop?
  • Since you know this person, do you go with her?
  • Is there a special question you ask this person?

What do you think your child’s decision will be? What is your child’s decision? What are the reasons your child gives for making these decisions? Validate the correct answers and address what you consider problems.

Along with all the other aspects of a year’s learning curve, I hope this doesn’t add too much additional stress. We cannot get to every school, into every classroom. What remains true is that the best classroom is still where we call home.

Be safe!

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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