Keeping Kids Safe: Teach Body Safety

Always remember that child abuse is an adult problem.

Children should be taught proper words for their private parts and be taught that nobody has the right to touch or look at their private parts. Children should not be expected to stop abuse, rather they should be educated to let an adult know if someone touches or looks at their private parts, or wants them to touch or look at someone else’s private parts or makes them feel uncomfortable.

Avoid using good touch/bad touch language as this can be confusing for children. It makes them responsible for interpreting the intentions of an adult. A child can just tell a trusted adult, who can then determine the next steps.

 

Source: Teach Body Safety, Children’s Home Society of South Dakota