Stranger danger is a term that was in use when I was a child.
We were told that if an adult that we did not know attempted to lure us (children) into a vehicle or to go with them in any way to run and seek a house that had a yellow 'safe house' sticker on its letterbox.
My house was one such house when I was a child.
My siblings and I and our friends in the neighbourhood all knew which houses were 'safe houses', we were educated at school and home about stranger danger.
If you are a parent or guardian, have that stranger danger talk to your kids.
Don't try to shield them from the harsh reality that not all adults are good people; some want to hurt children.
Give your children the self-assurance to deal with a situation where an adult they do not know asks them to go with them.
Unfortunately, it is a fact of life now that predators are obstinate and capricious.
The best defence your child has against those heinous individuals who would seek to do them harm is to know what to do if ever they are in a dangerous position.
Today's page three story tells of one such incident.
A Dubbo girl has told police a man not known to her approached her while she was waiting to catch a bus to school on the Golden Highway.
On April 8 at around 7.45am, the girl said a man driving a white ute approached her and asked where the hospital was.
He then asked the girl her name, got out of the car and was standing four metres away from her when the school bus began to approach its stop.
As this happened, the man got back in the ute and drove away.
"This is very rare," acting Orana Mid-Western Police District Crime Commander Sergeant Amanda Trindall told the Daily Liberal.
"There was no sinister demeanour reported.
"It could have been a child approach or someone genuinely asking for directions, but we are erring on the side of caution."
Even if this situation was not sinister and the man was genuinely lost and asking for directions (although most people have map applications on their mobile phones these days), the child should still have been aware enough to not engage with the adult and either run away or keep a safe distance from the adult.
Have that stranger danger conversation with your child today.