5 Steps to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
- Teach children about body safety and privacy at an early age. While stranger danger is an important safety topic, it is also essential to talk about body safety regarding people you may know and trust. Let your child know that no one has the right to see or touch their private areas, nor do they have the right to see or touch anyone else’s private parts.
- Talk to children about internet safety, and assist them in the development of any online profile names or bio’s. Monitor their internet usage.
- When checking in on your children after they’ve spent time away from home ask them if they felt safe.
- Develop a code word with your child that they can utilize if they are uncomfortable in a situation.
- Talk to your children about sexual health and wellness values, not just the “birds and bee’s”. Make sure that the topic of sex is not portrayed as dirty or wrong but as something intended for consenting adults. Make sure your approach is within whatever value system your family believes.