Keeping Children Safe
Talk often and early to children about body safety.
It is part of an ongoing dialogue from their early years through their teens. Create an atmosphere of trust and openness.
- DO talk about body parts that are “private” and those that are not private.
- DO use appropriate language when naming body parts.
- DO talk about who is allowed to touch a child’s private parts, such as a doctor as part of an exam or parents and caregivers who might assist with toileting or bathing.
- DO talk about how it is not okay for anyone else to touch private parts, including other children.
- DO have a plan with your child in the event someone touches them or they feel uncomfortable about they way someone touched their body. Be sure there is a person they will tell.
- DO become familiar with the signs of sexual abuse.
For more information on teaching children about body safety, please download our brochure.
If you suspect abuse, report it to the appropriate authorities:
- The Division for Children Youth and Families (1-800-894-5533)
- And/or your local police department
Ask for help, get support for yourself.
It is important to remain calm when a child discloses abuse. It is your responsibility once you KNOW to TELL DCYF and/or local law enforcement. Be honest and truthful with the child. It is okay not to have all the answers. Show your love and support so they KNOW they are not alone.