Each day more than three children die as a result of abuse or neglect in the home. On average, a child abuse report is made every ten seconds—a total of approximately three million child abuse reports annually. We can all benefit from good tips in helping keep our children safer.
- Never discipline your child when your anger is out of control.
- Participate in your child’s activities and get to know your child’s friends.
- Know what your child is doing online and on their electronic devices.
- Talk to your kids and teens about social media apps, safety while using them, who to be “friends” with, and what to do if there is a problem or someone acts inappropriately.
- Never leave your child unattended, especially in the car.
- Teach your child the difference between “safe touches” and “unsafe or unwanted touches”.
- Ask questions; for example, when your child tells you he or she does not want to be with someone, this could be a red flag.
- Listen to them and believe what they say. Be aware of changes in your child’s behavior or attitude, and inquire into it.
- Teach your child what to do if you and your child become separated while away from home.
- Teach your child the correct names of his/her private body parts.
- Be alert for any talk that reveals premature sexual understanding.
- Pay attention when someone shows greater than normal interest in your child.
- Make certain your child’s school or day care center will release him/her only to you or someone you officially designate.
For Kids & Teens
- No one has the right to abuse you
- You don’t deserve to be abused
- It’s not your fault that you’re being treated this way
- It’s wrong that you’re suffering this pain, fear or sadness
- You’re not alone. Other kids suffer abuse, too
- Sometimes abusers scare or threaten kids so they won’t tell
- There are people who care about you and want to help you
- If you’re being abused, please tell a safe person — that’s someone you can trust like a teacher, counselor, school nurse, neighbor or parent
Help Protect Yourself
- Don’t be alone with anyone who hurts you
- Listen to the little voice inside when it says that what’s being done to you isn’t right
- Find an adult you trust and tell them what’s happening.
- If they don’t believe you, keep telling until someone does believe you