We were checking out at the grocery store and G was so proud to hand his allowance off to the check out lady. He had saved ten dollars and was there to spend it. In his little hands, he clutched a Tom and Jerry DVD with excitement. The bag boy leaned down and very politely asked him about the DVD. He was really so nice to take the time to place a sticker on my son's shirt and mess up his hair a bit while calling him "Sport". Then it happened, my sweet innocent son said "Would you like to come over and watch this DVD with me? We live at __________." He actually gave the man our address.
Fast forward two days. We're at McDonald's on the playground. My son has found two little boys to play with. They are running up and down the slide and having a great time together. When it's time to go, the mom of the other children is helping her kids put on their shoes. My son walks up and says "Can they come over for a play date? Our address is ________"
That's it! My heart pounds as I scoop him up and try to explain to this innocent soul that he is not allowed to tell people our address ever again. He looks confused.
You can bet your sweet ass that I ordered a "Safe Side Video" that night. The people from America's Most Wanted teamed up with the Baby Einstein folks and made this video.
I don't do product reviews on here (just cause I don't know how to go about getting all that free stuff) but I will tell you that if you have children between the ages of 4 and 10, go out and buy this video. It's silly and makes a scary subject easier to understand. It really teaches stranger safety. My son thinks that it's so funny that he asks to watch it all the time.
After role playing every possible scenario with a french fry and a green bean at the dinner table, I feel confident that my kiddo is ready to be out in the world and be safe. He knows no to give out our sacred address to "Don't knows" or to get in the car with a "Kinda know" and he is aware of who is in his "safe circle".
So, I can sigh a sigh of relief while still being vigilant. It's a spooky world out there. Keep your little ones safe!