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Child Abuse Prevention Tips

Each day more than three children die as a result of abuse or neglect in the home. On average, a child abuse report is made every ten seconds—a total of approximately three million child abuse reports annually. We can all benefit from good tips in helping keep our children safer.
  • Never discipline your child when your anger is out of control.
  • Participate in your child’s activities and get to know your child’s friends. 
  • Know what your child is doing online and on their electronic devices. 
  • Talk to your kids and teens about social media apps, safety while using them, who to be "friends" with, and what to do if there is a problem or someone acts inappropriately.
  • Never leave your child unattended, especially in the car.
  • Teach your child the difference between “safe touches” and “unsafe or unwanted touches”.
  • Ask questions; for example, when your child tells you he or she does not want to be with someone, this could be a red flag.
  • Listen to them and believe what they say.
  • Be aware of changes in your child’s behavior or attitude, and inquire into it.
  • Teach your child what to do if you and your child become separated while away from home.
  • Teach your child the correct names of his/her private body parts.
  • Be alert for any talk that reveals premature sexual understanding.
  • Pay attention when someone shows greater than normal interest in your child.
  • Make certain your child’s school or day care center will release him/her only to you or someone you officially designate.