Talking to Children about Inappropriate Behavior – Safety Tips form the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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  • Explain that no one should touch your child in parts of their body covered by a bathing suit; nor should he or she touch anyone else in those places.
  • Make sure your child knows that his or her body is special and private.
  • Children should know that nobody should ever take their picture in a way that makes them feel scared, confused, or uncomfortable. If someone does take your child’s picture, the child should tell his or her family.
  • Explain that nobody should touch your children in a way that makes them uncomfortable, confused, or scared.
  • Discuss with your child that it is inappropriate for someone to spend an inordinate amount of time watching him or her fix his clothes, especially when the child is in the restroom.
  • Reassure your children that they have the right to say no to anyone who tries to take them somewhere; touch them; or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way. The child should make every effort in these situations to get away, either by kicking, screaming, or resisting in any way possible.

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Click here to view a PDF of Conversation Starters to talk to your kids about Safety – Courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) – http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/DocumentCenter/View/39835

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