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Is teaching a child to fear something (like strangers) a good idea?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics

In brief: Not exactly

It is important to teach children boundaries and safety.
Hopefully we do not have to teach them to be afraid. I prefer to use the term empower them with skill sets. Giving them facts that teach why they should not do something is important. Ex: many strangers are simply friends we haven't met yet and some strangers do not have our best interest at heart - check with parents before talking to them.

In brief: Not exactly

It is important to teach children boundaries and safety.
Hopefully we do not have to teach them to be afraid. I prefer to use the term empower them with skill sets. Giving them facts that teach why they should not do something is important. Ex: many strangers are simply friends we haven't met yet and some strangers do not have our best interest at heart - check with parents before talking to them.
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