Protect Your Child From Sex Abuse

this post answers the following questions
1. What is sexual abuse and how you can protect your kids from that?
2. In what way education can protect your kids from sexual abuse?
3. Is talking to them the best way to protect your kids?
4. How can you protect your kids by not leaving them with unfamiliar people?
5. How can technology help you to protect your kids from sexual abuse?

It is an unfortunate thing that our world is plagued with evil of all sorts, and it is unthinkable that child sex abuse would be on that list.  While this is, obviously, a horrific crime, many people are not even aware of what exactly defines child sex abuse.  Child sex abuse is any act wherein an adult uses a child for sexual satisfaction even if no physical touching actually happens.  To help prevent child sex abuse, there are a number of things that we, as parents, can do, and here are a few:

Talk To Your Kids

While children are the victims in these scenarios, they are often lured into these circumstances because they do not have a clear idea of what is right and what is wrong.  Educating your children on what is appropriate and what is not will certainly better equip them to ask for help or say no to a would-be abuser.

Keeping The Lines of Communication Open

Talking to your kids does not automatically mean that they will feel comfortable talking with you.  Make sure you ask them a lot of questions and help them feel like they can tell you anything without being judged or ridiculed.  This is the best way to find out if there are any dangerous situations going on in their life.

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Never Leave Them Alone With Unfamiliar People

While this may seem like an obvious decision, sometimes people seem harmless, kind, and safe.  For example, if your child wants to stay over at a friend’s house, make sure that you have met and are familiar with the parents.  While we can’t truly know the depths of anyone’s heart, we often can get at least a good or bad feeling about someone just from the initial meeting.

Search For Sex Offenders In Your Area

There are a number of websites that will post registered sex offenders in your area, so that you can become familiar with these people, and the crimes that they have committed.  This is a truly valuable resource.

While these are just a few pointers to consider, this list is in no way exhaustive.  We live in a dangerous world, and while we don’t want to be overprotective of our children, we also need to realize the reality of the world we live in.  So, talk to your kids, love your kids, and protect them.  That is our duty as parents.

Brandon Jones is a blogger who writes about how to protect kids from sex abuse.

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