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Experts warn against teaching the phrase ‘stranger danger’

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is now encouraging parents to steer away from using the phrase “stranger danger,” a slogan that has been taught for decades to emphasize to children the potential threat posed by strangers.

Although the group moved away from “stranger danger” years ago, the phrase is so pervasive that many parents still teach it. The group renewed their call to end its use on “Good Morning America” today.

“It’s so easy, it rhymes,” Callahan Walsh, a child advocate at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, told ABC News. “It’s just this one phrase, blanket statement, but it really doesn’t fit all scenarios and that’s why we want to re-think stranger danger.” Full Artic

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  1. Registr Rage

    Callahan Walsh is just a cowardly fear profiteer following in the footsteps of his old man. By no means are they “experts” with their extreme personal and emotional biases towards us, (the so-called “confirmed” threats) against children.

    Oh course they depend on the registry to validate their existence.

  2. Media carries it still

    Yet, you hear Samuel L. Jackson state this very phrase in a commercial during the Final Four games last night!!

  3. Nondescript

    Of course there is stranger danger. Every time you get in your car and drive somewhere in a big city, you are in danger. Thousands of cars whizzing past you with who knows who is behind the wheels. Teenagers who just learned how to drive, 80 year olds with cataracts, soccer moms in their too big to handle SUVs, the texters, the speeders, the inebriated, the distracted, the fatigued, the angry – and the list goes on.

    In the realm of possibilities , a stranger with a vehicle is much more of a potential threat to anyone than an ex criminal is .

    And those statistics are real.

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