TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Know where your children are at ALL times. Be familiar with their friends and daily activities.
BUILD SELF-ESTEEM: A child who has low self-esteem cannot protect himself/herself. Listen carefully to your children’s fears, and be supportive in all your discussions with them.
TEACH DECISION-MAKING: Children at all ages can make decisions. Teach them to trust their own feelings, and assure them they have the right to say NO to what they sense ia wrong.
BUILD SUPPORT SYSTEMS: Children need positive adult role models and need to know where to go for help.
PROTECT KIDS WHO ARE HOME ALONE: Set ground rules, emergency contacts, and responsibilities for kids.
BE SENSITIVE: Watch for changes in a child’s behavior. They are signals that you should sit down and talk to your children about what caused the changes.
LET KIDS BE KIDS: Teach them what they need to know to be safe and let them know you will do your best to protect them. Don’t scare the fun out of children.