Basic Prevention Tips for Parents
While our detailed 90-minute workshops go into far more depth, here are some tips you can start sharing with your family right away.
- Remind your children: SAFE grownups do not ask kids for help. Adults should ask adults for help.
- Listen carefully to your child. If they do not want to be around a particular person, such as a babysitter, relative, or family friend, do not force them. They may be getting a red flag signal that you are unaware of.
- Let children decide for themselves how they want to express affection. Do not force them to hug or kiss another person.
- Always trust your instincts and let your child know it is ok for them to trust theirs.
- Develop strong and open communication skills with your child so that they will feel safe coming to you if something is bothering them.
- Practice personal safety strategies with your kids. What would they do they were lost in a store? What would they say if someone asked them for directions? etc. The average person retains only 20% of what he/she hears, and 90% of what he/she does. Role-play with your kids. Getting them involved makes them feel good.
- Spend quality time with your children. If a child is starved for attention, he/she could unknowingly be a more vulnerable target for a predator.
- Teach safety concepts in a loving, easy-going manner. Scare tactics can make your child fearful.
- Enroll in a P.E.A.C.E of MIND workshop. We empower families!