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.  But it begs the question, what do parents need to keep in mind when they open the door to strangers?

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?

I 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. Vall 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. A disgusting 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.
Don't forget to also check out these tips on
teaching children stranger danger.

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