Stranger Danger is so hard to explain to young children. A creepy stranger talking to your child is every parent’s worst nightmare (although most strangers are certainly not creepy). It is hard to understand that the kindly old man at the grocery store is a stranger and the weird guy asleep on the park bench is also a stranger. How do you explain to your young child that some strangers are ok and some aren’t? Enter I Can Play It Safe by Alison Feigh, another great book by Free Spirit Publishing. I Can Play It Safe introduces topics such as using your instincts, “secrets versus surprises” and “understanding confusing or harmful touch”. This is all done with simple, nonthreatening language and beautiful illustrations.
A child pretending to be an airplane checking into the control tower is really a child checking in with an adult to let her know where he is and where he’s been. A child pretending to be a growling tiger is really a child using her instincts in a dangerous situation. A child pretending to be a detective uses his skills to decide if a secret is a good secret ( like a surprise party) or a bad secret (if someone ever tells the child to keep a secret from mom and dad). Other topics covered are taking care of your body, keeping private areas private, and having a safe adult to talk to.
Let Them Fly!