More than 120 schools have signed up to a fresher version of the 70’s and 80’s “stranger danger” warning. The charity Action Against Abduction says the videos shown to kids in the 70’s and 80’s are outdated and has launched a better way to keep children safe.
It is called “Clever Never Goes” which is moving focus away from strangers to when someone, including someone they know, is asking them to go with them unexpectedly.
The charity says children who are harmed are often victims of people they know. Clever Never Goes involves using interactive workshops to help them recognise a dangerous situation. There is also a mascot too who can spot danger with a dial on his chest that reads “Safe, Hmmm?, Unsafe”.
According to Geoff Newiss, Director of Action Against Abduction:
“Teaching children simply to avoid strangers doesn’t work. Most strangers will help rather than harm children. Conversely, it is often people known to children that pose the greatest threat.
Clever Never Goes moves the focus away from strangers and instead teaches children to recognise when someone (anyone) is asking them to go with them.
We want to give children practical safety skills which they can use as they get older and become more independent.”
Hampshire’s Constabulary Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney has given the scheme the thumbs up.
“It’s tremendous that parents and teachers now have access to the new Clever Never Goes programme. Whilst incidents of completed child abductions are relatively uncommon it’s important that we give children the best tools to recognise danger in a way that is balanced and positive.”
Parents interested in getting the message across can download a special pack.