Every day as I scroll through social media, I can’t help but feel heartbroken over some of the news stories I come across. More and more of them have to do with sexual abuse.
I think about my kids, and those I’ll have the privilege of being a mommy to in the future. I can’t imagine the horror of those parents—the ones whose children are headlining my newsfeed because they were victims of sexual abuse.
It’s those very reasons that it needs to be discussed. No parent has control over every single experience of their child, it’s just not reality. But educating our kids about their bodies and who’s allowed to touch them is one way we can keep them safe.
Educate 2 Empower provides this free poster, and many others, to help parents and educators keep kids safe from abuse.
The poster uses simple language that help kids understand how to identify potentially inappropriate or abusive behavior. The first guideline listed is “My body is my body and it belongs to me,” which reminds a child that they have authority over their body, and they can always say “no” to physical affection. Instead of a hug or kiss, they can offer a high five, handshake or blow a kiss to the person they’re interacting with.