How To Keep Your Child Safe From Sexual Predators – {For The Girl Child}

By Elizabeth Cohen

1. Recognize that sexual abuse could happen to your child.

It’s estimated that one out of every four girls and one out of six boys will experience sexual abuse, according to the American Psychological Association.

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2. Recognize that the predator will most likely be someone you know.
Chances are, it won’t be a stranger offering your child candy on the playground: More than 90% of the time, the child knows the predator in some way, according to the organization Childhelp. The predator could be a family member, a teacher, a coach or a trusted friend.

Don’t let your guard down just because someone is charming or nice. In fact, those are reasons to put your guard up. Predators “are very good at ingratiating themselves with children,” said Dr. Judith Cohen, medical director for the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

3. Be suspicious of adults who try to spend time alone with your child.

Of course, your child will spend time with adult friends, teachers and coaches. But beware of the ones who make an effort to be alone with your child, who shower your child with gifts or who speak of having a “special relationship” with your child.

4. Avoid situations where your child could be molested.

“If your child wants to go on a sleepover, you should know those parents, especially if your child is young,” said Dr. Paula Bloom, a psychologist in private practice in Atlanta. “If you don’t know the parents, don’t let them sleep over, even if it would be convenient for you.”

If your child is going on an overnight trip, for example with a Scouts group or an athletic team, Bloom says to ask about the sleeping arrangements and “who will have access to whom.”

5. Don’t insist that your child hug someone

Too often, parents tell a child to hug or kiss a relative or friend, as in, “Aunt Susie’s here from Florida. Go give her a hug.” This is a mistake, Bloom says. It’s not that Aunt Susie is necessarily a threat to your child, it’s that children should hug only people they want to hug.

“We worry about how we’re perceived as parents, and that’s why we insist that they hug people. We don’t want people to think we’re rude,” Bloom said. “But really it’s a terrible lesson for our kids.”

6. Teach your children about good touch, bad touch.

Teach your child that she has control over her body and should say “no” to touches that make her uncomfortable.



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5 Responses to How To Keep Your Child Safe From Sexual Predators – {For The Girl Child}

  1. Mercy October 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    These are good tips but there are more to it:
    1,Let your kids be free with u, Be a listening one. They have questions, they want to know more. Let them
    2, You should know all of their friends,both the older and younger ones. If not all,98% will do.
    3,Tutor them on SEX education,don’t wait for their friends to.
    4, Your prayers keeps them going.. Don’t ever stop committing them to God.

  2. fiarad October 12, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Most parents think of just few of this, especially the illiterate. I think mothers should be educated too… They have to know this.

  3. DSEED October 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    This is just the fact.

  4. Olowolafe Olanrewaju October 12, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    These are the guidelines parents needs to know and train there children towards it earlier.

  5. Legzycool October 13, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Great points.


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