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23rd Aug '16 10:35:31 PM SonicHOG
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* Supposedly, there was an episode of ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' that discussed the topic -- a necessary back-pedalling from one formerly listed under FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, which said that every stranger was a potential friend. No, it didn't really exist. There was a song called "Never Talk To Strangers" and an adaptation of a fairy tale to reinforce the message (''Little Red Riding Hood'' of course; she manages to run away and tell a grown-up).

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* Supposedly, there was an episode of The ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' that discussed episode "Playing It Safe" contains a segment about stranger danger. Derek brings up the topic -- a necessary back-pedalling from one formerly listed under FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, when talking about safety rules, which said that every stranger was a potential friend. No, brings Baby Bop to ask about it didn't really exist. There was as well. The kid cast then puts on a song called "Never Talk To Strangers" and an adaptation play of a fairy tale to reinforce the message (''Little Little Red Riding Hood'' of course; she manages Hood to run away and tell teach her about not talking to strangers and, in traditional Barney fashion, it's followed by a grown-up).song reinforcing the message.
16th Jul '16 3:55:07 PM nombretomado
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Of course, being childrens' TV shows, they have to discuss these issues in a way that's easy to understand, but without being scary -- which usually just ends up [[CluelessAesop being awkward]]. ''Really'' awkward. They can't mention any of the "worst" crimes (e.g., molestation) by name, so they generally stick to just kidnapping or "being touched in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable" (and, all together now, [[AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog that's nooooo good]]). Expect the most graphic euphemisms you can get onto suitable-for-all-ages television, such as the "bathing suit area."

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Of course, being childrens' TV shows, they have to discuss these issues in a way that's easy to understand, but without being scary -- which usually just ends up [[CluelessAesop being awkward]]. ''Really'' awkward. They can't mention any of the "worst" crimes (e.g., molestation) by name, so they generally stick to just kidnapping or "being touched in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable" (and, all together now, [[AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog that's nooooo good]]). Expect the most graphic euphemisms you can get onto suitable-for-all-ages television, such as the "bathing suit area."
25th May '16 10:24:52 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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--->'''Gohan:''' ''(after insanely creepy comments)'' I need an adult...

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--->'''Gohan:''' -->'''Gohan:''' ''(after insanely creepy comments)'' I need an adult...



-->'''Abe:''' Homer - you're dumb as a mule and twice as ugly. If a stranger offers you a free ride, I say take it!
-->'''Homer:''' [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Lousy traumatic childhood!]]

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-->'''Abe:''' --->'''Abe:''' Homer - you're dumb as a mule and twice as ugly. If a stranger offers you a free ride, I say take it!
-->'''Homer:''' --->'''Homer:''' [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Lousy traumatic childhood!]]



-->'''Stan:''' Like... money?\\

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-->'''Stan:''' --->'''Stan:''' Like... money?\\



-->'''Kyle:''' Wait, isn't there some rule about not getting into cars with strangers?\\

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-->'''Kyle:''' --->'''Kyle:''' Wait, isn't there some rule about not getting into cars with strangers?\\
23rd May '16 12:38:25 PM Piando
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* Besides the {{Trope Namer|s)), there was also a book release titled "Don't Talk to Strangers, Pooh" that came out in 1998. It was part of a series called ''My Very First Winnie the Pooh''.

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* Besides the {{Trope Namer|s)), TropeNamer, there was also a book release titled "Don't Talk to Strangers, Pooh" that came out in 1998. It was part of a series called ''My Very First Winnie the Pooh''.
23rd May '16 12:38:06 PM Piando
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* Besides the TropeNamer, there was also a book release titled "Don't Talk to Strangers, Pooh" that came out in 1998. It was part of a series called ''My Very First Winnie the Pooh''.

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* Besides the TropeNamer, {{Trope Namer|s)), there was also a book release titled "Don't Talk to Strangers, Pooh" that came out in 1998. It was part of a series called ''My Very First Winnie the Pooh''.



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* Parodied to hell and back no fewer than three times in ''WebAnimation/DragonBallZAbridged'' during the Namek Saga, all three involving Gohan.
--->'''Gohan:''' ''(after insanely creepy comments)'' I need an adult...
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* Parodied to hell and back no fewer than three times in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' during the Namek Saga, all three involving Gohan.
--->'''Gohan:''' ''(after insanely creepy comments)'' I need an adult...
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16th May '16 4:51:45 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.

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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.
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.
7th May '16 12:28:52 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'' episode "Max's Big Adventure", Max has a school play about this that has two kids being approached by a man in a ConspicuousTrenchcoat asking them where their parents are. The play is about as good as one would expect, leading George to think that Max doesn't really know about stranger dangers and testing him. The episode as a whole is more of a deconstruction of this trope.

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* In ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'' ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'' episode "Max's Big Adventure", Max has a school play about this that has two kids being approached by a man in a ConspicuousTrenchcoat asking them where their parents are. The play is about as good as one would expect, leading George to think that Max doesn't really know about stranger dangers and testing him. The episode as a whole is more of a deconstruction of this trope.
2nd May '16 5:57:06 PM MsChibi
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It's also worth noting that in the vast majority of child kidnappings and sexual abuse cases, the abuser is 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.

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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, 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.
29th Nov '15 10:45:54 AM Blazer
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* Parodied to hell and back no fewer than three times in ''WebAnimation/DragonBallZAbridged'' during the Namek Saga, all three involving Gohan.
--->'''Gohan:''' ''(after insanely creepy comments)'' I need an adult...


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* An odd version happens in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''[='s=] fifth season finale, "The Cutie Re-Mark". In an attempt to avert ForWantOfANail and get the filly Rainbow Dash to perform the Sonic Rainboom, Twilight flies up to join her and tells her about everything. However, since Twilight is still one with NoSocialSkills and ''all of time/space'' is on the line, she comes off as incredibly creepy, causing Rainbow Dash to fly away and allow ForWantOfANail to hit again.
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