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23rd Feb '17 2:53:27 PM Random888
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* Often used as an {{Aesop}} in various retellings of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood.'' Don't stop and talk to strangers, kids, or [[ScareEmStraight you could be eaten by a wolf.]]

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* Often used as an {{Aesop}} in various retellings of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood.'' Don't stop and talk to strangers, kids, or [[ScareEmStraight you could be eaten by a wolf.]]]] One of these retellings is the Creator/CharlesPerrault version, which was written in the 17th century and thus makes this trope OlderThanSteam.
12th Jan '17 5:50:38 AM CaptainTedium
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* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Mask}}'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.

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* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Mask}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.
5th Jan '17 6:09:28 AM CaptainTedium
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* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MASK'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.

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* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MASK'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Mask}}'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.
5th Jan '17 6:08:50 AM CaptainTedium
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* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{[MASK}}'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.


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* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MASK'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.
5th Jan '17 6:07:16 AM CaptainTedium
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* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{[MASK}}'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.
3rd Jan '17 12:16:24 AM Demetrios
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** In ''The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show'', Marge agrees on letting her kids roam around alone for a while in a shopping mall, under the condition that they be careful. Only they completely disregard her advice mere seconds later by leaving together with a total stranger... [[spoiler: Subversion! Turns out he was just a friendly marketing researcher, gathering children for a Itchy & Scratchy survey.]]

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** In ''The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show'', Marge agrees on letting her kids roam around alone for a while in a shopping mall, under the condition that they be careful. Only they completely disregard her advice mere seconds later by leaving together with a total stranger... [[spoiler: Subversion! Turns out he was just a friendly marketing researcher, gathering children for a Itchy & Scratchy survey. [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense Asking nicely apparently isn't Roger Meyer, Jr's strong suit]].]]
18th Dec '16 8:08:35 PM Unicorndance
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* A book about sex marketed to young people titled ''It's Perfectly Normal'' took a light and humorous approach to almost everything about sex using non threatening cartoons to illustrate masturbation, homosexuality, conception etc. The chapter on child molestation gets a bit more serious. No cartoons other than the two animal mascots admitting that this is a difficult subject to discuss. Still, at least it's not a CluelessAesop.

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* A book about sex marketed to young people titled ''It's Perfectly Normal'' took a light and humorous approach to almost everything about sex using non threatening non-threatening cartoons to illustrate masturbation, homosexuality, conception etc. The chapter on child molestation gets a bit more serious. No cartoons other than the two animal mascots admitting that this is a difficult subject to discuss. Still, at least it's not a CluelessAesop.



** A similar book entitled "You Can Say No" is also about this, but it's played even more seriously (i.e. an uncle who apparently makes his niece strip and play "bad games" and a little boy who's missing and "foul play is suspected")
* There's a children's book entitled ''Never Talk to Strangers'', which basically tells readers not to talk to strangers and defines the word "stranger". It's to be noted that the main characters are humans and the strangers and family friends are all FunnyAnimal's.
* A book in the ''Literature/MillyMolly'' series, entitled "Oink", involves Milly and Molly learning that some strangers might steal Oink the pig.




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* In one of the animated "George" segments of ''Series/TheGoShow'', meant to teach kids about right and wrong via an animated preschooler named George, he gets lost in the supermarket. One variation on this scenario involves a strange man take him by the hand and George yelling, followed by the segment ending and the narrator discussing stranger danger. Another variation involves him talking to a woman in a police uniform, which the narrator says is okay despite technically counting as talking to strangers, the police are there to help.
* There's one segment on this featuring Fonzie from ''Series/HappyDays''.



* The TV version of ''TheBerenstainBears'' story is actually a bit more nuanced. The BumblingDad decides to ScareEmStraight, until Sister Bear is [[ParanoiaFuel reduced to a terrified wreck who doesn't want to leave the house]]. The CloserToEarth mother (as always) has to reassure Sister Bear that there are dangerous strangers out there, but you can't be paranoid like that. In some ways the book made it creepier because the newspaper pictures were in black-and-white, and you had time to read the text and let it sink in. And to top it all off, you got to see Sister's wide-eyed expression at the same time.

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* The TV version of ''TheBerenstainBears'' story is actually a bit more nuanced. The BumblingDad decides to ScareEmStraight, until Sister Bear is [[ParanoiaFuel reduced to a terrified wreck who doesn't want to leave the house]]. The CloserToEarth mother (as always) has to reassure Sister Bear that there are dangerous strangers out there, but you can't be paranoid like that. In some ways ways, the book made it creepier because the newspaper pictures were in black-and-white, and you had time to read the text and let it sink in. And to top it all off, you got to see Sister's wide-eyed expression at the same time.



-->Kids, there's nothing more cool than being hugged by someone you like! But if someone tries to touch you in a place or in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, [[MemeticMutation that's no good]]. It's your body; no one has the right to touch you if you don't want them to. So what do you do? First, you say 'No!' Then, you get outta there! Most important, you gotta tell someone you trust, like your parents, your teacher, a police officer.

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-->Kids, there's nothing more cool than being hugged by someone you like! But if someone tries to touch you in a place or in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, [[MemeticMutation that's no good]].good. It's your body; no one has the right to touch you if you don't want them to. So what do you do? First, you say 'No!' Then, you get outta there! Most important, you gotta tell someone you trust, like your parents, your teacher, a police officer.


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* ''WesternAnimation/MillyMolly'' had the episode "Wags", which is this but for ''dogs'', in which Wags learns to be cautious around strangers after being captured by a "bad stranger".
18th Dec '16 6:15:01 PM Unicorndance
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* Zigzagged in the children's book ''It's Okay to Say No''. Some of the BigBad's were strangers, others were people the children knew. Also, there was a lot of ambiguous language, including "touched her in a way that made her feel 'very uncomfortable'", and "talking about love and sex" (which could be misinterpreted as TheTalk.)
20th Oct '16 5:59:14 PM Destreux
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[-[[caption-width-right:247:Well... Those puppets are definitely one way to get the kids [[AccidentalNightmareFuel running like hell]].]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:247:Well... [[UncannyValley Those puppets puppets]] are definitely one way to get the kids [[AccidentalNightmareFuel running like hell]].]]-]
1st Oct '16 9:44:55 AM Jeduthun
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It's also worth noting that in the vast majority of child kidnappings and sexual abuse cases, the abuser is '''[[ParanoiaFuel someone the child knows and trusts]]''', usually because they have easy access to the child and, in custody cases (which are almost all kidnappings) the kidnapper has something to gain by kidnapping the child. Children are usually warned in these VSE's against strange men, but NOT against strange women. The fact that [[CluelessAesop this Aesop is based on faulty information]] renders it almost entirely useless, so it fell out of favor by the end of TheNineties. A couple of high profile cases where lost children ''actively hid from the people trying to find and rescue them'' as they'd had it drilled into them that all strangers were dangerous and would kidnap them given the opportunity put the final nails into the simplistic interpretation of this idea. These days, experts advise caregivers to warn their children against "[[http://safelyeverafter.com/tips.html Tricky People]]" rather than "Strangers," putting the focus on suspicious ''actions'' rather than on whether you know someone.

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It's also worth noting that in the vast majority of child kidnappings and sexual abuse cases, the abuser is '''[[ParanoiaFuel someone the child knows and trusts]]''', usually because they have easy access to the child and, in custody cases (which are almost all kidnappings) the kidnapper has something to gain by kidnapping the child. Children are usually warned in these VSE's against strange men, but NOT against strange women. The fact that [[CluelessAesop this Aesop is based on faulty information]] renders it almost entirely useless, so it fell out of favor by the end of TheNineties. A couple of high profile cases where lost children ''actively hid from the people trying to find and rescue them'' as [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs they'd had it drilled into them that all strangers were dangerous dangerous]] and would kidnap them given the opportunity put the final nails into the simplistic interpretation of this idea. These days, experts advise caregivers to warn their children against "[[http://safelyeverafter.com/tips.html Tricky People]]" rather than "Strangers," putting the focus on suspicious ''actions'' rather than on whether you know someone.
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