Prevention Tips

Teach children their rights.

When children are taught they are special and have the right to be safe, they are less likely to think abuse is their fault, and more likely to report an offender. If a child is being bullied by another child, encourage the child to get help from an adult.

Be a nurturing parent.
Children need to know that they are loved and capable of achieving their dreams.

Set good examples.
Examine your behavior and use your actions to show children and other adults that conflicts can be settled without hitting or yelling.

Discipline appropriately.
Never discipline a child when you are upset. Take time to calm down. Discipline is a way to teach your child. Use privileges to encourage good behavior and time-outs to help your child regain control.

Help yourself.
When stress and problems of everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control – take time out. Don’t take it out on your child. If you’re worried about your child or yourself, seek help from school counselors, school support groups, private therapists or your family health-care provider.

Educate yourself about infant crying.
It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry. Learn what to do if your baby won’t stop crying. Never shake a baby – shaking a child may result in severe injury or death. If you find yourself getting frustrated and angry with your baby, call for help. Ask a friend, neighbor or relative to take care of the baby while you take a break.

Monitor your child’s television, video, and internet viewing/usage.
Watching violent films, TV programs, and videos can harm young children

Promote sexual abuse prevention.
Teach your child the difference between appropriate/inappropriate touching. Help them understand about their body parts without using made-up names. Explain that no one should ever touch the body parts that are private, or covered by swimsuits, unless it is a parent or a caregiver when cleaning the child or a doctor examining the child with a parent present. Discourage keeping secrets. Establish a relationship of trust with your child.


 Ways to Help

Help a friend, neighbor or relative: Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a helping hand to take care of children, so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together.

Get Involved: Be active in the community and join groups who are working to help support children and families. Ask community leaders, clergy, libraries and schools to develop services to promote healthy families and meet their needs.

Donate to organizations that serve children and families: These organizations depend on community support to be able to do their work.

Educate yourself and others on child safety and protection: Encourage child- and family-serving agencies to become more knowledgeable abut child abuse and how to prevent it. Teaching children, parents, teachers, coaches, and other adults working with children prevention strategies can help to keep children safe.

Report suspected abuse or neglect: If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, call the local Department of Family and Children Services or the Sheriff’s Office.

Become an advocate: Sign Up to take Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Training! Speak out for policies that strengthen families. Contact your elected officials and ask them to support child- and family-friendly policies and funding for prevention programs.

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