An article in Parents Magazine suggests that as adults we should avoid talking to a child we don’t know. It claims that by doing so we encourage other children to talk to strangers (us) which models for our kids that it is okay for strangers to talk to them.
While it is true that it is safer for children to check with their adult before talking to a person they don’t know, it is not true that children should NEVER talk to a stranger.
it may be more accurate to suggest, “Don’t engage an unknown child in unnecessary conversation.”
As a protector of children I take seriously my responsibility to help keep all children safe. If I see a child who is hurt, scared or in danger with no obvious safe adult around I will offer help. If I see a child putting herself or others in immediate danger I will intervene. I would hope that other adults would do the same for my children.