For years, "stranger danger" has been the catch phrase children have heard at school and at home. The goal of using it liberally: To make sure kids know that talking to people they don't know could lead to serious trouble, of course. But it's pretty much impossible for a mother or their child to navigate through life without talking to strangers -- at the grocery store, playground, while traveling, etc. Further, in many cases, harm is often done to children by people they actually know. (Consider Hannah Anderson, who knew her abductor or Elizabeth Smart, whose kidnapper had worked odd jobs at her house.)
In fact, a child is said to know the predator in many as 90 percent of sex abuse incidents, according to the Child Advocacy Center. That's a chilling stat, but it's also a case for doing away with the obviously outdated expression "stranger danger" and replacing it with language that will keep kids even safer.