Educate your child about good touch and bad touch

Topic of Content

  1. Introduction
  2. Why is it important to teach kids to differentiate between a good touch and a bad touch?
  3. How to Take cues from your child
  4. Conclusion

Introduction

If you are a parent to young children, you obviously want to keep them safe and protected, but to keep them safe, you can’t just cage them inside the house. If you want your little ones to be confident and want them to achieve their dreams, you will have to allow them to leave their comfort zone and explore the outside world. But at the same time, what you can do as a cautious parent is to prepare your kid to face the (good and bad) world outside there. It is imperative that you teach your child about the good touch and the bad touch. You may be worried that your child is too young to understand the difference between the good and bad touch, sexual development, and other such topics, but it is not like that. Though it is a tough topic to broach, it is important to talk on subjects like body safety and abuse with ease and ensure that you have educated your little ones and made them aware of such abuse from an early age & without getting scared or hesitant.

How

 

Why is it important to teach kids to differentiate between a good touch and a bad touch?

Childhood abuse always begins with a touch that either a child fails to notice or parents fail to acknowledge on time. By teaching your child how to differentiate between a good touch and a bad touch, you are essentially preparing him or her to prevent themselves from getting abused or molested. It is very crucial for children to learn to defend themselves from this threat.

In this blog, we will  shares advice for parents to teach their child to  prevent, confront or respond to attempts of sexual abuse.

 Ownership of the body

Tell your child that their body belongs to them and no one can touch their body unless they are okay with it.  Make your child understand that certain parts are reserved as private parts  and no one is supposed to touch it. Let them know that they have the right to say ‘no’ or ‘stop’ if they don’t like it even if it’s something small like holding hands with someone or having a hug.

How

Explain what is safe touch

On certain occasions, the child may have to expose their body to their parents or a doctor which they might not like but is necessary to keep them safe. Teach them these safe touches with concrete examples – like getting a shot at the doctor’s office.

Do not force affection

Never force your little one to hug someone if they don’t want to. Yes, a hug from a loving adult isn’t a bad touch, but if your child feels uncomfortable sharing a hug or handshake with someone. Accept their discomfort and let them deny these touches politely.  This empowers your child to feel like they have control over their body.

Help Your Child Trust their Feelings

Parents must teach their kids that if someone''s touch makes them feel bad or uncomfortable, then it is a bad touch. Kids should be taught to trust their own feelings or gut instinct. If they feel uneasiness with someone''s touch, then they should express their discomfort. Teach your little one not to feel ashamed of it.

How

Let your child know their safe circle

Teach your kid to talk or seek help with the people in their safe circle.This circle is the people who your child can trust- Parents , grandparents or siblings. This will help your child to talk or express their concern  and worries with the people they can trust.

 

How to Take cues from your child

Children show certain signs if they have been molested or abused. These are as follows:

How

  1. Refuses to go near certain people or their presence makes them feel uncomfortable.
  2. Does not want to go for a playdate or party in a particular house.
  3. Start showing signs of withdrawal from you and other family members.
  4. Plays rough or acts inappropriately with their dolls and toys.
  5. Having frequent nightmares after visiting someone or after spending time with someone.
  6. Sudden loss of interest in social gatherings and crowded places.

How

If you notice any of these signs in your child and notice that something is wrong with your child, talk to your child and seek help.

 

Takeaway:

It is important for parents to be vigilant with the safety of their kids. It is their responsibility to keep the little ones safe until they can take care of themselves. No one knows what’s lurking in the minds of people around you. A person we presume as someone close or trustworthy, can in fact be a child’s molester. Yes, that may sound disgusting to you, but sadly that has happened in the majority of the child abuse cases reported every day. 

Every apt precaution can save your child from such horrifying experiences and keep them safe from pedophiles.

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