Parents Can Do
the lines of communication open. Talk to your children
on a daily basis.
Know where your children are at all times. Familiarize
yourself with their daily activities, their friends and
their friends' families.
Be careful about choosing babysitters and any other care
Begin teaching your children at a very young age about
things they can do to help keep themselves safe. Make
sure to use a non-threatening approach that equips children
with confidence and empowerment, not fear.
Parents Should Teach their Children
your children to always inform you of their whereabouts.
Tell them to ask permission before leaving their play
area or going into a neighbor's house.
Instruct your children that no one has the right to touch
Teach your children names for different parts of their
bodies and explain the difference between physical affection
and abuse ("good touches and unwanted touches").
Tell them that if anyone tries to make them do something
that makes them "feel funny," say "NO!",
get away, and tell someone that they trust.
Instruct your children not to keep secrets, especially
Instruct your children never to open the door to a stranger
or someone they don't trust, and never to let someone
at the door know if they are home alone.
Instruct your children never to give any information to
a stranger over the telephone. If they are home alone,
tell them to say that their parent cannot come to the
phone right now.
Monitor their activity on the Internet.
Tell your children never to go anywhere with or take anything
from someone they don't know or someone they don't trust.
Emphasize that grownups should not be asking children
for help in finding directions, a lost pet, etc.; they
should ask another grownup.
Instruct your children to always travel with another person
and never to take shortcuts through alleys or wooded areas.
Teach your children that if they get separated from you
in a public place, they should not wander around looking
for you. They should immediately go to a checkout counter,
the security office, or lost and found and tell the person
in charge that they have lost their parent and need help
in finding you.
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