Create a safe and open line of communication:
Make frequent efforts to give your child opportunities to communicate openly and freely with you. Ensure that you are actively listening so when they speak, they know their thoughts and concerns will not be minimalized or get them in trouble. Emphasize that no matter how uncomfortable the subject might be, you are there to listen and trust them.
- Talk about “body boundaries,” early and often:
- Starting as young as two years old, help your children understand their body parts, which body parts are private, and who can touch them. Doing this will give them power over their own bodies and become aware of what is appropriate or may be inappropriate touching. If your child is older, it is never too late to have conversations about body boundaries.
- Teach them to report any treats or gifts they are given:
- Let your child know that they should immediately tell you when they receive a gift from any adult, including teachers, coaches, family members, friends’ parents, etc. It is helpful to distinguish between “secrets” and “surprises”—surprises like a birthday party are kept for a short period of time, while secrets are not to be kept from you as their parent.
- Teach them to report whenever they are alone with an adult:
- No matter who the adult may be, including extended family members, it is important your child makes you aware of the interaction, as those who utilize grooming are often known to the family or child.
- Trust your instinct, trust yourself, and trust your child:
- Do not be afraid to talk to your child if you feel that something is off or wrong. If your child has trouble talking about something, sit down with them and patiently help them through it. Push through any feelings of nerves or embarrassment you might have and bring up the conversation with your children. The more they are aware of grooming and grooming behaviors, the more likely they will work with you to identify them before it happens.
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