Do you remember that feeling as a child when the school year was ending? The anticipation of endless play, friends, bare feet, ice cream, and swimming. Well, for the kids, it’s about that time!
And for parents, as you finish enrolling your children in summer programs and gear up for their first day, there are a few conversations you might have with program directors, instructors, counselors, and your kids about body safety. In this issue of the Parenting Safe Children newsletter, check out some common summer scenarios and ideas about inviting people onto your prevention team!
Pools My 7-year-old daughter, Erin, will be taking swimming lessons. How do I talk to the swim instructor about her body safety?
First off, the goal of any screening is to invite caregivers onto your prevention team. It’s not an interrogation, but rather a conversation. A lot of parents ask me how to begin the conversation, so in the response below I offer some specific language. Of course, choose words that feel authentic to you. Read more.
Camp Your child is enrolled in camp, but you have not yet talked with the administrator or counselors about your child's body safety. What can you do now?
It's never too late to screen, so this is a fine time to make sure child abuse prevention is not only on the administrator's radar, but that there are policies and practices to back it up. If you ask nothing else, ask these questions: Read more.
Public Restrooms So you’re off to a baseball game, state fair, or amusement park. Should you let your child go into the bathroom alone?
I get this question in nearly every Parenting Safe Children workshop and the answer is (drum roll, please), “It depends!” Some children are ready to go into a bathroom alone at six, while others aren’t ready until nine, ten, or even later. You know your child best. A more mature child is focused and isn’t likely to dawdle. Here are four prevention tips: Read more.
The Parenting Safe Children community on Facebook is 2,500 strong and we’re having some great conversations. Have you ever wondered how abusers keep children from telling? Check out the post from May 6 on Facebook now!(While you are visiting us on Facebook, you might also like to see the tips we posted every day in April for Child Abuse Prevention month.)
Coming Soon Screening Videos Want to be involved?
This summer we are filming mini videos of parents having conversations with caregivers about body safety. These videos will be used in the Parenting Safe Children workshop and on our website to help build confidence around inviting people onto your prevention team. We are looking for a couple of parents, grandparents, coaches, and teachers who would like to be involved.