Parent Conversation Guides

Whom Do You Trust?

Whom Do You Trust?

The purpose of this module is to help your child appreciate how natural it is for people to quickly determine if a stranger can be trusted. Science says that one of the primary reasons for the whites of our eyes is so we can see a stranger’s gaze, see what they might be feeling. Much of this instinct has developed since humans started living in more crowded environments, surrounded by strangers at any given time.

  • In order for people to feel comfortable with one another they quickly determine if they can trust one another. Looking into their eyes is one of the most powerful ways we can do that.
  • What kinds of things can you tell when you look into someones eyes? What if they keep looking away? Share a few stories when you got an uneasy feeling.
  • What can we do to put people at ease? Did you know a handshake is one way we can show intentions?
  • Any other ways?
  • What other indications might you see to help you? Does skin color make a difference? Does how they dress make a difference? Whether they are skinny or overweight?