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6 Tips That Can Save Your Child's Life

Natasha Daniels | Posted 03.30.2016 | Parents
Natasha Daniels

We baby proof our house. We make our kids wear helmets. We keep our kids in car seats long after they've out grown them. We prepare for every possibility. Every possibility except the one that can rock us to the core. The unimaginable. Stranger danger. Only sometimes it's not strangers and kids don't always know they are in danger.

Practical Tips For Teaching Young Children Safety and Kindness

Allison Chawla | Posted 10.16.2016 | Parents
Allison Chawla

I wish I could find the perfect balance between safety and compassion for the mind of an-almost-4-year-old, but I truthfully believe that she's too young for a fine-tuned balance to exist. Still, I do have some suggestions for teaching our young children to be kind and safe at the same time.

Teach Your Kids To Talk To Strangers

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.22.2016 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We may think we're teaching safety when we tell them to disregard the unfamiliar, when we tell them to turn away from strangers, but what we're teaching is intolerance and indifference.

The Dangers of Teen Sexting

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 05.07.2016 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

As a social animal, your teen learns a lot of her grownup behavior through modeling and imitating adults. A 24/7 media cycle has made celebrities not only part of our social culture, but also secondary role models for your child.

Why You Don't Need To Freak Out About That Kidnapping Video

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents

A video about kidnapping from YouTube prankster Joey Saladino aka JoeySalads has been making the Internet rounds and leaving a wave of terrified paren...

When Are Children Ready to Walk Alone?

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

Your child will learn from your example. So, even if you're tempted to run across the street as the light is flashing "don't walk," please do not do it. Be a walking role model.

Why We Need to Talk to Strangers

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Minding your own business (or calling the cops) is fine, knocking on a stranger's door or helping someone else's kid off the jungle gym is creepy. What has become of us?

Fear of Networking: Leaving 'Stranger Danger' Behind

Judy Robinett | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Judy Robinett

When I became CEO of a public company, I was afraid. It was a big step into a very public position, and even though I knew I could do the job, I still was fearful of messing it up.

Stranger Who Lured Girls With Candy 'Just Wanted Some P****': Cops

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 02.10.2015 | Crime

There's a reason why parents warn their kids about stranger danger. A 32-year-old Florida man was arrested Monday after he allegedly tried to lure...

A Back-to-School Rule for Kids: Trust Your Gut, 5 Guidelines to Help Kids Self-Protect

Heather Mundt | Posted 08.03.2015 | Parents
Heather Mundt

It's only been a month since the school year has begun, and already I've received a district-wide communiqué about a suspicious individual trying to offer a kid a ride home in the rain.

Confused Cutie Doesn't Understand Why We Don't Take Cookies From Strangers

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents

Every child must learn one of life's most important lessons -- never go off with a stranger, even if that stranger offers you a nice big cookie, an ic...

Never (Ever?) Talk to Strangers

Kristen Levithan | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Kristen Levithan

I put my arm around her and pointed to my eldest inside the van: "My son goes to kindergarten here. Why don't you come inside and warm up and we can figure out what to do next?" And then, just like that, a little girl I didn't know was sitting in my car.

Talking to Strangers

Raquel Regalado | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Raquel Regalado

We need to talk to our children consistently about these and other dangers, not to scare them but to inform them and to insure that if and when they are in danger they know who they can reach out to and confide in.

Are You Ready For Google Glass? 3 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

Sue Scheff | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Sue Scheff

As Google Glass enters our society, we need to be sure that us as parents understand the anticipated effects on safety and privacy. Although we can't control others' behavior, we can be social media role models for our kids.

WATCH: 'Stranger Danger' Experiment Scares Parents

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.05.2013 | Parents

Stranger danger. It's every parent's very worst nightmare, and according to one British television show, it deserves your attention. That's accordi...

The Best Bruno Mars-Inspired Pick-Up Lines! (VIDEO)

Posted 07.11.2013 | Teen

This one time, JennXPenn tried to use One Direction song lyrics to pick up random strangers for an episode of's "Stranger Danger." She ended ...

Would You Fall For This Selfie Prank? (VIDEO)

Posted 06.27.2013 | Teen

Selfie-taking can be an awkward sport, to say the least, but this week's episode of's "Stranger Danger" took the art of taking a photo of you...

Would YOU Fall For This Prank?

Posted 05.30.2013 | Teen

It's not easy keeping up with JennXPenn -- teen prankster extraordinaire -- and all of her shenanigans on her video series, "Stranger Danger." Last...

Guess Who's Joining Selena Gomez On Tour? (VIDEO)

Posted 05.17.2013 | Teen

Every week, HuffPost Teen editors round up 5 things they're excited about -- from new video games, to books, to viral videos, to entertainment news. C...

Google Glass: A Wink Away from Stranger Danger?

Sue Scheff | Posted 07.13.2013 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Some things will not change no matter what generation we are in, and that is the concern for the safety of our children. Stranger danger and predators are always a major fear, whether online or off.

WATCH: Are We Protecting Our Children Or Smothering Them?

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.09.2013 | Parents

An Ohio father let his 6-year-old daughter walk to the post office by herself the other day, and now he is the subject of both an investigation by Chi...

Stranger Danger: Why Haven't the Privacy Lessons We Learned as Kids Translated to Facebook?

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 06.03.2013 | Technology
Jeff Hindenach

As children, we are talk to be wary of giving out our name, phone number or address to strangers, yet suddenly we are sharing that same information with millions of strangers on Facebook. And that need to share our personal information with complete strangers is costing us.

Catfish: Why Parents Need To Discuss It With Their Teens

Sue Scheff | Posted 03.27.2013 | Technology
Sue Scheff

We have heard the horror stories of cyberbullying over the past several years, and they never get easier to hear. Catfishing is an extended branch of online harassment that takes cruelty to a new level.

It's OK to Run Away

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Children need to be on guard when dealing with adults, especially those they do not know well.

Walking Alone: When is My Child Ready?

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 08.22.2012 | Parents
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

Parents often ask me about the age at which a child is ready to walk to school -- or anywhere in the neighborhood -- alone.