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.
- ChildHelp.org's Resources for Parents
- New York Times article, "What Parents Can Do to Help Keep Their Children Safe From Assault."
- National Children's Alliance article, "When Images Hurt: How to understand, respond, and find hope for your child."