Child Molestation Prevention Tips
Adults with children should be educated on child sexual abuse and the risk factors or warning signs of sexual abuse. Here are some things that you and your family can do to help prevent molestation:
- First, listen to your children. Pay attention if they tell you they aren’t comfortable going somewhere or being with someone.
- Talk to your children and let them know there is nothing they cannot tell you.
- Explain to them where it is and is not okay to be touched on their bodies and by whom.
- Teach your kids that it is ok to say “No” when they are feeling uncomfortable or violated in any way.
- Teach them that secrets about touching body parts are not okay!
- Know where your kids are at all times.
- Know who their friends are, who the caregivers in the homes they visit are, as well.
- Watch out for teenagers or adults that pay an unusual amount of attention or wish to spend a lot time with your child – especially time that is unsupervised.
- Choose your babysitters carefully, ask for personal references, and check up on them unexpectedly from time to time.
- Listen to your children, watch for warning signs, such as changes in behavior (isolating, bedwetting, moodiness, sleep disturbances) or changes in eating habits.
- Practice safety skills with your kids. Have a plan in place in case they run into trouble. Discuss the possiblities as openly and honestly as possible so that they can be equipped to handle an emergency if it arises.
- Teach them what to do if a stranger approaches them (to yell a loud “NO!” while running toward safety, for example). Teach them their address and phone number so the police can call you, and so on.
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