Basic stranger danger rules your child should know

  • Never accept gifts or sweets from a stranger
  • Never accept a lift in a car from a stranger
  • Never go anywhere with a stranger
  • Never go off on your own without telling a parent or trusted adult
  • Never go up to a car to give directions – keep away so that no one can get hold of you and you can run away
  • Always tell a trusted adult if you have been approached by a stranger
  • Remember the Yell, Run, Tell rule – it’s okay to run and scream if you find yourself in danger. Get away from the source of danger as fast as you can.
  • If you find yourself in danger always run towards shops or other busy places with lots of people
  • If you think that you are being followed, go into a shop or knock on the door of a house and ask for help
  • Never play in dark or lonely places
  • Stay with your group of friends – never wonder off on your own
  • Never agree to do a job for someone you don’t know in return for money – they may be trying to trick you
  • Make sure your parents know where you are going and when you will be back. If your plans change be sure to tell your parents


The NSPCC’s guide to when your child is old enough to be out on their own, and how to teach them to keep safe while they’re away:

Netmums guide to stranger danger:—stranger-danger