QUICK TIP: Have Age-Appropriate, Open Conversations About Our Bodies, Sex, and Boundaries
August 24, 2016
People who sexually abuse children exploit their innocence about their bodies, personal boundaries, and sex. Talking about personal safety and sex creates a protective bond between parent and child, increases confidence for both, and instills knowledge that makes children and teens much less vulnerable.
Applications: Talk to your child when they are young and use proper names for body parts. Use real-life conversation starters. Tell children what parts of the body others should not touch. Use examples with situations and people in their lives.