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What are some ways that I can help prevent my child from becoming a victim of child abuse?

 

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One of the best ways you can help your child is to talk to him or her openly about their body parts, sexuality, and sexual abuse. By teaching them the difference between a good touch and a bad touch and that no one should ever touch their private parts, you will help them be aware of unwanted touches.

Other tips that parents can do to help prevent child abuse in Florida include:

  • Ask questions about your child’s day at school.
  • Ask your child about his or her friends and acquaintances.
  • Be involved in your child’s life by going to his or her practices and games.
  • Get to know the coaches, teachers, other parents, and kids that are in your child’s life.
  • Ask the school aid what your child does during daycare.
  • Watch television with your child to make sure your child is watching appropriate things.
  • Talk to your child about anything on television or video games that seems like sexual violence (this could be a conversation starter).
  • If your child sees something alarming on the news, have discussions to allow your child to ask you questions.
  • Spend time with your child.
  • Make sure your child knows that he or she can come to you with any questions.
  • Make time to talk to your child.

If your children come to you with questions or concerns about an uncomfortable feeling they get when someone talks to them, make sure you don’t brush off their worries. It is important to follow up on their concerns in order to protect them and empower them by telling them that they can say “no” to an unwanted gesture or touch.

No matter how good of a parent you are, your child might be victimized. If your child has been the victim of child abuse in Florida, call the Mallard Law Firm to speak with a Sarasota child abuse attorney today at 888-409-3805 for a free, private consultation.