Stranger Smarts

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Stranger Smarts


A stranger is a person we do not know or a person we do not know well. We cannot tell if a stranger is safe or unsafe by looking at them.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will identify what/who a stranger is.
  • Students will learn how to respond when they encounter a stranger.

Essential Question(S)

  • What is the difference between safe and unsafe choices?
  • How can you use your Safety Voice in unsafe situations?

Content Standards/Benchmarks

National Health Ed. Benchmarks

1.2.1 Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.

2.2.1 Identify how the family influences personal health practices and behaviors.

2.2.2 Identify what the school can do to support personal health practices and behaviors.

2.2.3 Describe how media can influence health behaviors.


Florida Health Ed. Benchmarks

HE.K.C.1.4 Recognize ways to prevent childhood injuries at home, school, and community settings.

HE.1.C.2.1 Identify how small children learn health behavior from family and friends.

HE.1.C.2.4 Recognize health consequences for not following rules.

HE.1.B.5.2 Identify healthy options to health-related issues or problems.

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  • Stranger
  • Stranger Smarts
  • Trusted Adult
  • Circle of Safe Adults

Material List

  • Lesson Guide
  • Open Space for Student Movement

Estimated Time Frame

30 minutes

Technology Tools


Lesson Description

  1. Discuss: What is a Stranger? (See Lesson Guide)
  2. Activity: Are they a Stranger? (See Lesson Guide )
  3. Practice: Yell No! Run! Tell! (See Lesson Guide )
  4. Activity: Scenarios Discussion  (See Lesson Guide)
  5. Closing Statements (See Lesson Guide)

Teacher Notes:

KidSafe teaches from a place of empowerment not fear. Since most abductions begin with a person approaching a child in a friendly manner, this lesson empowers children to use their Safety Voice, understand that they have a right to say, “No!” to an adult, and seek help from their trusted grown-ups.

Emphasize to students that even if they want the toy, candy, gift, etc. that the person is offering, they should never, ever go with someone they don’t know. No matter how much the person is offering, they must always yell, “No”, run and tell.

Reinforce that strangers are those we don’t know or don’t know well. Examples of strangers:

A person you have never met before, or a person you see often but don’t know well such as mail carrier, grocery store cashier, neighbor, friend’s uncle, etc.)

All children need to know their personal information, such as address and phone numbers.

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Lesson Guide

1. What is a Stranger?

A stranger is a person we do not know or a person we do not know well. Can you think of examples of strangers?
Allow time for answers.

Strangers are people we do not know, or people we see often but do not know well. Strangers can be the mailman, cashiers, people driving by, neighbors, teenagers, people at the store, etc.

How can we tell if someone is safe?
Allow time for answers.

We can’t tell if a stranger is safe just by looking at them. When we see a stranger, we need a trusted grown-up to make sure we are safe.

2. Are they a Stranger?

Strangers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. If you don’t know someone, or don’t know someone well, they are a stranger.

We are going to talk about different people you might know. If the person described is someone you know and feel safe with, stand up. If the person described is a stranger, someone you don’t know very well, sit down.

Read each person one-by-one allowing time for students to sit/stand. Take time to discuss why each person is a stranger (they don’t know them well, they don’t know them at all, they may see them often, but they don’t truly know them, etc.)

  • A teenager walking down the street.
  • Your teacher from last year.
  • The person in the ice cream truck.
  • The police officer at your school.
  • The crossing guard on the corner.
  • Your parents and the people that live in your house.
  • The lady that helps sort books in the library.
  • The guy at the park with a puppy.
  • The neighbor who walks their dog often.
  • Your friend’s grandpa and grandma

Family friend who is close with your parents

You shouldn’t talk to strangers without a trusted grown-up with you. You should never, ever leave with a stranger. Most strangers seem kind and helpful, but you cannot tell if someone is kind or dangerous just by looking at them.

Normally, it is not okay to talk to a stranger. There are very few times that it is okay for a child to speak to a stranger.

When would it be okay to talk to a stranger?

The only time it would be okay for a child to speak to a stranger is if they are with their trusted grown-up and have permission, it is an emergency, they are lost or separated from their trusted grown-up.

Grown-up strangers don’t ask kids for help. No matter what a stranger wants your help with, like finding a puppy, eating candy, playing a game, you cannot leave to help a stranger. A safe stranger does not as kids for help.

3. Yell No! Run! Tell!

Now let’s learn a safety rule called, Yell “No!” Run and Tell

This rule is for when strangers try to stop and talk to you. Sometimes we need to use our Safety Voice and yell, “NO!”- then run to our grown-up in charge and tell them what happened.

Let’s practice using an assertive safety voice we can use to help keep ourselves and our friends safe.

Everyone stand up straight and tall. Say “NO!” in a loud, strong, assertive voice. I’ll go first, “NO!”

Now, let’s practice together. Turn to a partner and show them how you would say “NO!” in a strong voice.

Encourage all students to participate.

Remember, while you yell, “NO!” you should also run and tell your grown-up what has happened.

4. Yell No! Run! Tell! Circle of Safe Adults Activity

Safe adults are the trusted grown-ups in our lives that we can go to after assertively telling a stranger “NO!”. The grown-ups in our Circle of Safe Adults can help keep us safe and out of trouble.

If a stranger tries to talk to you or asks you for help, who is a trusted grown-up you can talk to?

5. Scenarios Activity

Now that we know more about strangers and how to handle them, we are going to play a little game. Listen to each of the following situations. If it describes a safe situation, sit down. If it describes a situation where you should yell “NO!” run and tell an adult, stand up and run-in place.

Talk through each scenario with students discussing if each stranger encounter is safe or unsafe.

  • At the bus stop, a stranger offers you candy.
  • A teenager asks you to come hang out with them behind the school.
  • Your bus driver tries to start a conversation with you.
  • Someone in your neighborhood asks you to come play with their puppies.
  • A good friend of yours stops by and wants to play.
  • At the store, someone tells you they will buy you a special toy if you leave with them.
  • You are playing outside and a car stops by to chat with you.
  • While outside, your neighbor comes out to say hello. He is good friends with your dad and comes over often for dinner.
  • A friendly looking kid you’ve never met asks if you want to come over and see his pet bunny.
  • The ice cream man says you can come and see inside his ice cream truck.

6. Closing Statement

Today we talked about stranger smarts. We learned that a stranger is someone we don’t know, or someone we don’t know well. We learned that most strangers are kind and helpful, but we can’t tell if someone is safe just by the way they look. We know that it is the safe and smart choice to check with our grown-up before speaking to or going with a stranger. We learned how to use the Yell “No!” Run and Tell rule to keep us safe. Always tell a trusted grown-up in your Circle of Safe Adults if a stranger makes you feel uncomfortable.