I grew up in a small town where for the most part, you were ok leaving your keys in your car, and not locking the house door. Times have changed. It doesn’t matter where you live, you need to be teaching your kids about Stranger Danger.
Rhiannon is 5. She is starting kindergarten in August. And we have had the talk several times. I got this email just now from the West Des Moines School District:
Dear West Des Moines Community Schools Families:
For your awareness, we are sharing with you a possible Stranger Danger incident we were made aware of today. The incident has been reported to the West Des Moines Police Department.
At around 8:30 a.m. this morning a 14-year-old boy was riding his bike on 11th Street from Ashworth to Office Park Road when a brown van with unidentified writing on it started to follow the boy. The van then slowed down opening the sliding door. The van sped away as another car approached. The boy immediately turned around and went home to call his parents. The driver of the van is described as having a beard, long hair and was wearing a hat. The passenger had a buzz cut and was wearing a black shirt.
Again, we are grateful that the boy knew the Stranger Danger rules, reported the incident to a responsible adult and is safe. Please help us reinforce safety rules for students. Remind your children that they should not talk to strangers or accept rides from strangers. Ask your children to report to an adult any time a stranger has approached.
I am so thankful that they sent this!! Thank you to the 14 year old boy who reported the situation so that all of us parents can go thru it again with our kids. (And I’m so happy he is safe!)
I sent my daughter to Safety Town already this summer. It was a program that was offered in West Des Moines and went through a number of different safety issues. And we will continue to go thru this several times a week with Rhiannon. As a community we need to take the extra steps in keeping our kids safe. And as a parent I am so thankful that I got this email.