One mum has been described as being “OTT” and “inappropriate” for stranger danger message she shared with her eight-year-old son.
As the mum shared on BabyCentre it was her sons first sleep-over at a nearby hockey camp: “There’s going to be a few people we don’t personally know around and I’ve always been open with my kids about safety and trusting their gut instinct.
“I was standing with my friend in the dining room and kissing my son goodbye and I said to him ‘now, you’re going to be staying overnight and there will be lots of people you don’t know around.
“‘Make sure you trust your gut and if anyone makes you feel uncomfortable, touches your privates, does anything inappropriate, speaks inappropriately, makes you touch them or do anything inappropriate to them then you must stand your ground, say no, get away and call me right away’.
“He said okay, hugged me and headed out the door.”
“My friend was gobsmacked and said the way I said it was age-inappropriate (he’s almost 9) and I shouldn’t say things like that because then he will fear strangers.
“Personally, I don’t see any problems with it.,” she adds.
“We have discussed that not all strangers are dangerous but that we all need to make sure we are aware and prepared.
“He didn’t seem phased at all by what I said either.
“My mum used to say similar to me too, so I guess it’s a normal discourse for me Should I have worded it differently? Was I too blunt or graphic? Was it inappropriate?”
Many commented that while it was an important conversation to have, timing was something she really needed to consider
– “Woah that’s really OTT. It’s also offensive to the people running the camp that you’re openly saying you think it’s a possibility that it’ll happen to him so you feel the need to say it.”
– “It’s a conversation I would have prior to the event and in private, not as he’s about to go out the door. The timing was awful.”
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