One of the roles every parent must not overlook is the safety of their children. From constant checking to their well-being and monitoring, it is crucial for parents to, in one way or the other, be directly involved in the safety of their kids.
Charity begins at home, they say. All that children need must be acquired at home first before setting out to learn other activities. Parents keep worrying about how they can protect their kids against all odds in these seemingly perilous times.
Every parent should prioritize protecting and safeguarding their children from danger until they are old enough to understand these risks.
As earlier stated in the title, body safety is much more than parents just lending their children about dangers to learn the outside the world, while sexual abuse is on the increase in society due to lack of infusing knowledge to the children.
This lack of knowledge makes sexual abuse perpetrated by someone the child(ren) knows and trusts. So, it is your duty as a parent to sit your kids down, talk to them and enlighten them about all these. Parents are supposed to serve as mentors, teachers, coaches, and leaders to their children.
According to a survey, out of every 100 reported child sexual abuse cases, while only 7 percent of offenders of child sexual abuse are strangers, 34 percent of the offenders are family members, and 59 percent of them are acquaintances of the child’s parents. As a parent, this should have told you what you need to know to safeguard your wards.
Generally, people tend to pre-empt children are safe as long as we leave them with those they trust or as long as we don’t leave them unsupervised with adults we don’t know well.
Once a time, parents warn their kids not to collect things from an unknown person; however, those things are no longer being told to kids due to civilization. If they will, it must be approved by their parents’ consent by informing them before making use of it. The reverse is the case now, which has made teenagers fall victim to sex offenders in society.
According to a report, the majority of victims of sexual violence were below the age of 20.
It is also worth noting that kids are not limited to sexual abuse by grown adults alone; they are also at risk when they are left without thorough supervision with another child or a somewhat older child.
According to researchers, one out of four girls and one out of six boys will encounter unwarranted sexual touching of some sort before age 18.
Some parents feel irritated educating their children about sex education. These parents tag it as inferior and unreligious, discussing sexual-related education because they are still young.
As a parent, your kids’ responsibilities are not limited to providing shelter for them; you are to provide their safety too. Parents should also take up the responsibility for their kids’ safety by sitting them down and giving them enlightenment on body safety, give them tips to guide them. By doing so, your wards get to learn a lot.
Below are ways parents can teach their kids about body safety
Give your kids proper sex education
Parents should learn to be more of friends, companions, and confidants to their children. When it comes to educating your kids about sexuality, we believe nothing should be hidden from the kids; else, they would learn it from somewhere else, which may be wrong. Parents should teach their children the appropriate term for each body organ and what it is used for when it comes to body safety (parts). Parents have to develop the tactics to pass the message to them.
Give room for discussions.
Some parents do not care about the well-being or lifestyle of their children. These type of parents prioritize their work over the welfare of their kids. These parents hardly meet their kids at home except at night.
The need to create discussion between children and parents will go a long way in chastising the children’s safety. Parents need to cultivate the habit of communicating to their kids in language well-pleasing and understanding effective learning.
Parents should take up the task of being parents by making themselves readily available to their children. When something happens to them while they are outside, they must be taught to tell you or another trusted adult. Parents should let their kids know the importance of the rule ‘no secret.’
Your kids should be eager to disclose to you anything either stranger or known persons tell them. With the help of the ‘no secret’ rule, they will narrate to you everything that has happened.
As your kids grow, teach them about the privacy of their bodies. They should not be secluded from others while half-naked. In homes where kids’ rooms aren’t separated, those opposite sex should not share the same bed. The parent should also learn not to dress before their kids irrespective of how young they may be.
Stop means stop
Teach your kids how to tell a person to stop when they are being touched inappropriately – while moving away to safety at the same time. Your kids should know that being touched in the chest or nether regions of their body is inappropriate.
Enrolling your child in self-defense training could also keep them safe from danger where you are not available.
Skills like taekwondo, karate, or any other martial arts would go a long way in helping your kids disarm a sexual predator or against any other forms of attack.
Lastly, don’t leave your child with others unnecessarily!
The good and bad news about abuse is that most of it, statistically, is not perpetrated by strangers. Up to 90 percent of children who are victims know their abusers. It could happen at the hands of family members. Almost all the rest is perpetuated by trusted intimates such as religious leaders, coaches, or teachers.