While it can be challenging, parents can make sure their children are secure by limiting their exposure to social situations. Because they believe their children are too young to understand, parents avoid teaching them about their bodies. These youngsters are actually more intelligent and teachable than we think.
These are 9 suggestions for protecting your child from sexual predators.
1. Body safety
Parents and guardians should seriously consider educating children about body safety at a young age.
They’ll be more aware if someone tries to overstep their boundaries if you teach them how to protect their bodies from being touched by strangers or people they know.
2. Sensitive body parts
Constantly remind children that their private parts are private and should never be seen by anyone without their parents’ permission.
3. Be bold
Youngsters pick things up quickly. Always encourage your children to speak up when someone tries to hurt them or does something to them.
In the same way, I regularly tell my nieces to speak up if anyone tries to touch them in any of the locations I’ve told them about. That way is both safer and better.
4. Don’t play with strangers
Even though 90% of sexual abuse occurs among people children are familiar with, it is still important to teach children to never take gifts from strangers and to always show you the gifts they receive from people they know to their parents before using them.
5. No pictures
Child pornography is a source of comfort for some pedophiles. Instruct your children to refrain from letting anyone snap photos of their naked bodies.
6. Always say NO
Your children should know that it’s okay to refuse any uncle or aunt who wants to wrong them. Teach them to always speak up when they feel uncomfortable and to leave the area right away. If necessary, they should scream for help.
7. Don’t be secretive
Are you your child’s friend? The majority of parents fall short here. Always let your child come to you with concerns that are personal to them.
Children frequently grow too afraid of their parents to speak up about abuse they are experiencing. Don’t be too busy to listen to your child; instead, let him or her be your friend and vice versa.
8. You’ll always be there
Let your child(ren) know that you will always stand up for them and that you won’t chastise them if their welfare or the safety of their bodies are at risk
9. Inform them about the sensation of being tickled
It can make you too sensitive since it activates certain sections of your body.
Educate kids that certain areas of their bodies are more delicate than others, so they should always avoid having anyone, including an adult, touch such areas.
Moreover, get to know the youngsters who your kids hang out with.
Parents should be careful about how they give privacy to their children and the other children they play with since sometimes children become sexually molested by other children.
Your primary concern should always be to keep your children/wards safe.