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Pedophilia is a topic that needs to be discussed more openly, especially with the traumatic experiences happening in Egypt. Rahet Bally’s Certified Positive Psychology & Parenting Coach, Rana Hany, speaks up about the precautions to teach your children to avoid sexual harassment.
Starting from age 2.5-3 years, it is essential to teach your children about body safety. According to Hany, there are 5 safety rules that need to be taught:
Make sure your child understands which body parts are private
In the above video, Hany explains the best way to teach your infants about privacy and which body parts should never be uncovered. This can be done by referring to wearing a swimsuit and making your children understand that in both genders, these areas should not be exposed to anyone other than your parents at a young age. It is important that infants understand that no adult or child should touch these private parts, talk about them, or ask to see them.
Identify your child’s circle of trust
Another important point is to make sure your child understands the people in their circle of trust. These people are those who they can turn to when they need help, or who are permitted to aid them when the parents are not around. These people include grandparents, a nanny, as well as doctors in certain cases.
Do not allow your child to sit on anyone’s lap
It doesn’t matter if they’re your friends or even family. Make sure that whenever you’re around not to permit your child to sit on anyone’s lap and explain to them that the same rule applies if you’re not there, too. Many parents also tend to force their children to give someone a kiss or hug even when they don’t want to. It is best to refrain from doing this to help the child understand that they should never be asked to get physical in any way that makes them feel uncomfortable.
Teach your children the name of their private parts
More often than not, parents give their children’s private parts nicknames out of courtesy and trying to be appropriate. However, this can cause confusion or prevent other adults from understanding when a child is trying to tell them they’ve been sexually assaulted. Teach your children the academic names of their private parts or at least tell them to refer to them as private parts.
Train your children what to do if put in an uncomfortable situation
When speaking to your children about harassment and sexual assault, it is important to make them understand what to do. In doing this, you’ll not only help your child by teaching them how to react in advance but also opening up a dialogue and making them feel comfortable to resort to you knowing you’ll believe them. In the video above, Hany explains how to teach your children what to do in these situations.
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