The stranger-danger talk
Although Dubai is generally a pretty safe place for young children, there appears to have been an increase in the number of flashers targeting residential areas lately. I’ve given DD the stranger-danger talk in the past, but I thought today – as she asked to go to the park alone, and given the new possibility of flashers – it was time to ramp it up a bit.
She’s seven, after all – nearly eight. I didn’t think she’d have nightmares if I went into a bit more detail.
“I always want you to be with an adult when you’re in the park,” I said.
“Why?” came the inevitable response.
“Because some strange men sometimes wait about in parks and bother little girls,” I said.
“Bother?” she asked. “Like what? The ‘offering sweets’ thing?”
“Yes, that. And other stuff, too. Like following them and talking to them. Trying to touch them or cuddle them….”
DD’s eyes opened wide. She was paying attention.
“Maybe even showing them their willies…”
“What? Big men? Like, this big?” She indicated adult height. “Getting their willies out? In the park?”
I could see she wanted to giggle but she knew it was serious.
“Well, maybe,” I said. “And, if a man tries to show you his willy, you just start screaming and run away as fast as you can, okay?”
“Definitely!” she said, and then she looked thoughtful.
“But mummy, why is it only little girls they show their willies to?”
“Maybe it’s not,” I said. “Maybe it’s boys, too.”
“Nah,” she said, shaking her head. “Nah. It must just be girls. Because boys have already got willies. They wouldn’t need to see anyone else’s, would they?”