Sunday, July 28, 2013

opening the door for strangers: rules for parents

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as parents, we teach our children "stranger danger".  to be watchful, alert, and non-trusting of people that we don't know, especially those that approach us in public.  but how often do we follow those same precautions ourselves when we're at home.  i try to...mostly due to my overly paranoid and cautious mindset that comes from working several years in the state prison system. 

it's not uncommon for peddlers to come to our door selling something or another; whether it be magazine subscriptions, windows, cleaning products, etc.  i'm always really wary of their true intentions.  is it to check out who lives in the house, the hours we keep, or the items we own?

heard something on one of my local swap sites today regarding young women selling educational books door-to-door.  the ones in our area are quite inquisitive re: the children in the house, their ages and genders, and whatnot. they are also pushy about entering the home.  they have also asked about other children in the neighborhood.  there's some speculation as to their intent, who they are reporting back to, and whether or not the company is legit or a cover for a trafficking ring. 

tips for parents on dealing with stranger danger
  1. when a stranger knocks on your door, take a look out the window and see who it is.
  2. answer the door cautiously, leaving your storm door locked or chain on the door if possible.
  3. do not relay any personal information to the person.
  4. be wary of purchases that require you to share identifying and/or personal info or a credit card number.
  5. call your local police department with the person's physical or car description to let them know that a person like that is in the area.
according to
there are approx. 210,000 people in "forced labor" in developed countries...
1.2 million children are trafficked every year
in the forced $exu@l explotation realm, 56% are women and children

though the chances might be low, you never can be too careful.  there are human trafficking rings in the United States, Canada, and many more countries... it's just not something that the public is aware of due to limited media coverage. (due to there ridiculous amounts of coverage about which celebrity is doing what)
don't forget to also check out these tips on
teaching children stranger danger.

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Mary Catherine said...

Such an important topic! I think sometimes we, as parents, are so focused on what our kids should or shouldn't be doing that we forget about ourselves. I'm rather wary of people I don't know at the door, too, mostly because I want to show my son that even adults need to be safe and make smart choices. Thanks for sharing this!

Nikki said...

Those children's book salespeople going around right now (about a month ago here in Oklahoma City) and are actually a reputable company. I can't remember the company name, but I have friends that have bought from them for years.

Sylvia Phillips said...

this is so important and not just for little kids. We live in such a rural area that in 30 years I can probably Count on one hand how many times a stranger has come to our door. the other day my 11year old answered the door while I was in the bathroom. He left it wide open while he went to tell me! I was flabbergasted and in a panic. He knew not to topen the door if he was home alone, which is extremely rare, but we never really discussed what to do in situation if I was home but unavailable!

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