(I'll preface this by saying I'm exhausted and my brain is not workig very well at the moment, hence the below)
Yesterday, I tried to teach my 4yo about stranger danger, as he has been going into the garden without me (when I'm breastfeeding) and I am worried he might go outside the gate.
He understands why he can't go on the road, but I wanted him to understand why he needs to be wary if anybody approaches him, or he is tempted to wander outside.
I told him that he needs to stay inside the yard, and not to go with any strangers. He asked me why. I said that somebody might take him. He asked who might take him. I stupidly said a bad person might take him. He is already anxious and this put him on edge and he kept asking who these bad people are and what bad people do to little boys.
Obviously, I effed up the stranger danger talk, but I do need to address it again at some stage, so what do other people do? He doesn't go to school until 2014, so maybe it's a conversation you have before school rather than at 4? I'm really rubbish at these dialogues.