Talking to kids about personal safety

  • Starting at a young age, teach your child the proper names of body parts.
  • Teach children that it is not ok for any adult to touch a child in a way that makes your child feel uncomfortable, "icky," or "yucky."
  • Remind your child that some body parts are private and that it is never OK for an adult to touch or photograph those body parts.
  • Remind children that you hear them, you believe them, and that it's not their fault.

If a child makes a disclosure, or you suspect that something has occurred, please contact law enforcement or child protective services. It is important to entrust the investigation to trained professionals.