All parents want to protect their children and be an ally in keeping them safe. But how do we go about these important conversations while still protecting their innocence? The resources below can be used as a framework to help you figure out how to approach these topics at a developmentally appropriate level while ensuring that you and your child are as comfortable as possible. Remember, children are easily able to discern your emotions, if you are ashamed and uncomfortable, they will mirror those feelings.
Easy tips for parents...
1. Do not force (or allow others to force) affection with your child. Let their body be their body.
2. Refuse to leave your child in the company of adults you do not trust.
3. Be cautious of adults who:
* Spend large amounts of time with children
* Flirt with your children
* Your child tries to avoid or is uncomfortable with
* Abuse drugs or alcohol
* Physically abuse their partners
* Have been convicted of a previous sexual offense
4. Screen babysitters and day care providers:
* Let the sitter know that your child does not keep secrets from you
* Talk with the sitter and your child when you return about how their time together went
* Observe your child at the day care center or preschool
* Ask for references
* Confirm that you have the right to visit the center or preschool at any time
* Talk with other parents whose children attend the center or preschool
* Make sure you are informed about planned outings before they happen
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