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    My 3-year-old daughter will be starting school in June. How do I tell her about safe and unsafe touch, because she will be traveling by school bus? I want to make sure that in case she faces any issue at any point, she should be able to come to me?

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    Dear Parent,

    It’s good to see that you want to empower your child by teaching her about safe and unsafe touch. Child Sexual Abuse is a frightening reality and the sooner we prepare our kids to be aware of safe and unsafe touch, the better. Start by having ongoing conversations with her about safe touch - it involves using the sense of touch with family, friends, and loved ones on one's own terms. The contact makes one feel loved, protected, and comfortable. Also, teach her that a touch that makes her feel uncomfortable is an unsafe touch. Tell her that it's not only strangers, even people she knows (an older student, teacher, coach, bus conductor, or even someone in the family) who may engage her in unwanted physical contact and may tell her that it is a special secret that she must not tell anyone about. Teach her that if she is uncomfortable with anyone, she must shout out "No, STOP '' loudly, try to run away, or draw the attention of others nearby. She should also come and confide in you about her experience. You could reinforce this lesson about consent by teaching her that she has a right over her body and to deny permission to others for hugging or touching her. Consequently, it is not a good idea to expect your child to hug or kiss your or her friends or family members if she doesn't want to.

    So educate your child and give her the courage and confidence to share with you any unpleasant experiences she may have. The idea is to empower the child, not to instill fear and suspicion in her mind.

    Fur further info, kindly read this article: Safe Touch And Unsafe Touch: Ways To Educate Your Child

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