Written by Rick Moghadam.
Jacksonville Community News Network
As a parent, one of your top priorities is keeping your child safe from harm, including protecting them from sexual predators. While it's important to be vigilant and aware of potential threats, it's also essential to approach the topic of safety with sensitivity and age-appropriate information.
Here are some tips to help keep your child safe from sexual predators:
Educate yourself: It's important to have a good understanding of the types of sexual predators and their tactics, so you can recognize warning signs and take appropriate action.
Talk to your child about boundaries and consent: Teach your child about their body and their right to say no to any unwanted touch. Emphasize that it's okay for them to speak up if someone makes them feel uncomfortable or tries to touch them in a way that doesn't feel right.
Set limits on the internet and device usage: Monitor your child's internet and device usage and limit the amount of time they spend online. Ensure they understand the importance of not sharing personal information or communicating with strangers online.
Create a code word: Establish a code word that your child can use if they are ever in a situation where they feel uncomfortable or unsafe. This can be a secret word that only you and your child know, and that they can use to alert you to a potential threat.
Teach your child to trust their instincts: Encourage your child to listen to their gut feelings and always to speak up if they feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
By following these tips and being proactive about your child's safety, you can help protect them from sexual predators and give them the tools they need to stay safe.