Child Safety for Parents

  • Make your children aware that for adults to be touching them in a appropriate manner is absolutely wrong and to persuade them into any sexual activity with them.
  • Give the feeling to your children that they can tell you anything, especially things that involves another adult. Sometimes your child may feel uncomfortable with you, so give them an option of speaking to another adult they can trust.
  • Always know about the people they are spending time with. Get to know these people!
  • Educate your children from sexual misconduct activities. The more they know, the more you are protecting them. In emphasizing their private parts, use the correct and appropriate language when describing these parts.
  • Always be informed where your children are at any given time. Take the time to know your children’s friends and make sure you screen the places and homes they may go to. Make it mandatory for your children to check in with you when they are about to leave a place and if plans have changed. When you, the parent is running late inform your children as well so they know that you are out for their well being and not just checking up on them.
  • Leaving children alone in an automobile is never suggested, whether or not you will be gone very shortly, children should never be left alone without supervision or permitted to be alone or with others in the vehicle. Strictly enforce the children to never catch a ride with or have a conversation with anyone in a car they do not personally know or trust.
  • As a concerned parent, you should always know your children’s activities. Participate in these activities so you will be able to observe other adults interact with your children. If there is a behavior with an adult you are not comfortable with, talk to the organization that is sponsoring the activity.
  • Truly listen to the remarks of your children. If they don’t want to go with someone or somewhere, question them why the feel that way.
  • If you notice someone spending a great deal of time with your children and find it odd they are being given gifts for no apparent reason, take the time and talk with your children.
  • Tell your children that they should say NO to any inappropriate or uncomfortable touches by another persons actions. Teach them to inform you as the parent immediately if such things happen. Always make them comfortable that they can tell you anything and you are there to help them.
  • Always be sensitive to any changes with your child’s behavior. Always be an active listener and encourage them open communication. Carefully listen for signs that your children may be in some sort of trouble. Since children are not always comfortable disclosing these disturbing events, it is your responsibility as the parent to listen for them. Re-assure them that what ever they tell you, that you as their parent will help them to fix the problem. Always remain calm not matter how critical the matter is.
  • Screen baby sitters and care givers. Many states now have public registries that Always screen care givers or baby sitters. Do unexpected visits to the care givers home or at your home. Always ask your children how the care giver was. Be sure to listen carefully to their comments.
  • There is no substitute for your close supervision and attention to your children. Take the time to really know your children which help create the feeling of safety and sense of security.
  • Remember that in the majority of the times, children are molested by someone they know. Your continued efforts to keep your child safe must be based on this fact and not solely on the danger that strangers may be present.