Preventing Child Abuse

Child abuse is preventable. There are steps we can take as a community to better protect children from harm.

Listen to your child: Talking with your child and listening to what he or she has to say is the first step in preventing abuse.

Know those that have contact with your child: Most abusers are someone the child or family knows and trusts.

Minimize Opportunity: Avoid one adult/one child situations.  Drop-in on situations where your child may be alone with another adult (even close family members).

Recognize the Signs: Don't expect obvious signs when a child is being abused. Signs are often there, but you have to know what to look for. Read more here.

Monitor your child’s Internet and cell phone use: Offenders often use the web and text messaging to lure them into physical contact.

Ask for help: Curb stressful situations by asking for help. Also, ask for help when children are left in your care.

React Responsibly: Be prepared to react responsibly if a child discloses abuse to you, or if you suspect or see that boundaries have been violated. 

Educate your child: Teach your child about their body and the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touches. They should also know that inappropriate touches could occur with strangers, a family member, adult friend or an older youth. Teach your child that it is okay to tell another safe adult.

Educate yourself: Sign up to take a free Stewards of Children® training class. For more information click here.

Read this piece on how to keep kids safe online.