Yes, children should be taught to beware of friends and family when given lessons on stranger danger. Statistically, most children are abused or killed by a relative, friend, or someone else they know, not strangers. Later in life, the myth of the stranger rapist lurking in a dark alley is why so many rape survivors are not believed when they accuse a relative or friend of sexual assault. Additionally, a child may learn that inappropriate behavior is normal when a family member does it because children learn from family. Without that intervention, a child may not recognize the behavior as abusive. While children should not be told that their family members are all going to molest or attack them, they should be made aware of the possibility and encouraged to report uncomfortable behavior to a trusted adult.
The greatest threats to a child exist among his or her circle of friends and family. A child is most likely to be victimized by someone that she knows. Children are often taught about stranger danger, but classroom lessons don't focus on the fact that sometimes the danger comes from the person sitting across from you at dinner. Children are often manipulated by people who claim to love them, and they are terrorized and victimized as a result.
Yes, children should be taught to be leery of strangers and family and friends who could pose danger to them. Parents and educators should focus on the types of behaviors children should seek out when communicating with friends, family and strangers to help protect their well being and overall safety.
Yes, children should be taught to beware of friends and family that exhibit questionable behavior as well as strangers. in order to keep them safe, children should not just be warned about strangers. Friends and family can sometimes present a danger. Children should be taught to beware of people whose behavior is wrong.