Does your child know the difference between a reward and a bribe? One of them could be very dangerous!

A reward is given for getting good marks at school, washing a person’s car or painting a wall for example. A bribe is given to get your child to keep a secret (not a happy one!) or to do something that is not safe or is against the boundaries that you and your child have set (see the FACT byte on boundary setting for more information).

One of your child’s best “weapons” against someone offering a bribe is to say that they are going to tell you.

Role-play various bribe situations with your child and help them to move away from you say “no thank you” politely and firmly. They should also say that they will tell. Remember that all roll play should be age appropriate.