“Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute presents for presence”.
➠ *1 in 3 Women & 1 in 6 Men are sexually abused before the age of 18.
❖ Here we have laid out five straightforward ways to protect your child from all forms of abuse. The five tips for protecting children from all forms of abuse will seem like common-sense knowledge, but the statistics which reflect child sexual abuse today show negligence in this area. Due to stigma & trauma or both, people are not aware of these risks & how they can affect communities as a whole. When you ignore common-sense information, it does not mean that abuse or its awareness will fade away.
1) ➠ Talk with, NOT to, him/her:
An on-going dialogue, not just one single event about their safety as children, will shape critical thinking skills for your child. How to begin the conversation? CLICK HERE to read “A Parent’s Guide to Talking to Children About Safety.”
2) ➠ Start Early & Speak Often:
What is too early to speak with your child about abuse? Every child’s stage of development will be different. So, use everyday situations to discuss safety, & allow space for children to ask questions. Click Here for “The Underwear Rule” & Tips from the U.S Department of Justice.
3) ➠ Watch for Changes in Your Child’s Behavior:
If your child is reluctant about going to certain places or with certain people, ask questions. Notice their behavior after spending time alone outside of the home or with another individual before & after visits. Always be aware of the individuals that your child is developing a relationship with to ensure that it’s positive & inspiring.
5) ➠ Remove Fearful Tactics w/Parenting:
As a parent, bullying a child to talk will only constrict their learning & coping abilities. Gentle reminders that the child can speak about anything, & parent(s) are present & explicitly here for the child. It is highly advisable to build a strong relationship with children, with no excuses. Children learn from what they observe in their environments as parenting, not by what they are taught.