Teacher's Kit "My Body is Special and Private"The stats on child sexual abuse are alarming. I met author and mom, Jay Dale, on Twitter and she asked me if I was going to cover this issue. Still, this is a really important topic and I am delighted that Jay agreed to guest post for me. Do You Have a Secret? A very gentle book describing the difference between good secrets and bad secrets and what to do if you have a bad secret. In four separate stories on the theme of sexual abuse of children, young victims are able to articulate their feelings and defend themselves, often with the help of another person whom they trust. There are a number of fantastic books available to teach children body safety skills.
Five Ways Parents Can Deter Predators
Why all this effort? They want an abusive relationship with a child that they can maintain and keep secret. Some convicted child predators have been open enough to be interviewed by abuse prevention experts and we can learn from their tactics and what situations they avoided to maintain their cover. While there are no guarantees that we can absolutely deter a potential predator, being aware of the reality, vigilant of the people involved with our children, and maintaining open communication with our children are core components to improving protection efforts. Such behavior could also indicate that the parent is busy, distracted and easily trusting of others involved with their children. There is often a lot of debate regarding giving children the option to be affectionate on their terms, yet many adults still feel it is a sign of respect for a child to hug or kiss a relative, that there is no harm in forcing such affection. Their safety is our responsibility — end of story.
You can help to protect your child from sexual abuse by teaching the following crucial Body Safety Rules. From an early age, teach your child that their body is their body and it belongs to them. In a greeting situation, encourage your child to offer the person a high-five or a handshake or, with people they know well they could blow them a kiss instead. Help your child to create a Safety Network. A Safety Network is made up of three to five adults that your child trusts. These are adults your child could tell anything to and they would be believed.
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And as parents, we teach our children about water safety and road safety—we make sure they wear their life vests or puddle jumpers, that they know they must hold our hands and look both ways before crossing the street and to never touch a hot stove. But are we taking the time to incorporate body safety into our parenting conversations? I understand, it's an intimidating topic to discuss. What should I say? How should I say it? I can't even imagine anything bad happening to my child—it ' s too scary to think about , etc.
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