Discussing 'stranger danger' with children

Posted at 9:32 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 09:47:07-04

The recent cases of 'stranger danger' in Buffalo are prompting parents to have important conversations with their children.

"It doesn't matter, if you're not with your parents or your family and you're alone, don't talk to someone," Amelia Tee tells her 9-year-old nephew.

On three separate occasions this week, strangers have approached children. In at least one case, the incident got physical.

On Thursday, a 14-year-old girl walking on Bailey Avenue near Dingins Street was pushed up against a fence and bruised her face.

"It's a very important danger in an urban community.  There is a threat," resident Tim Wadkins told 7 Eyewitness News.

Experts are offering reminders for parents to tell their children:

  • always be aware of your surroundings
  • don't walk alone
  • don't wear ear buds in both ears
  • if grabbed, drop and yell "stranger"