Safeguard Our Children: Did you Know?

Keep Kids Safe - ribbonBy teaching “total body safety” we further efforts to stop child sexual abuse When teaching parents, stress that their child’s entire body is private and to be watchful of adults who might be “grooming” a child by constantly tickling, kissing, or hugging them. A child will often tell a parent he or she does not want to hug or kiss someone. Teach parents to listen to their children and respect their wishes! Stress to teens the importance of “total body safety” in their relationships with others. Tell them, “Just because a person is a close friend or even a girlfriend or boyfriend, that does not give them a right to touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable.” By teaching “total body safety” to adults, children, and young people, we are furthering our efforts to stop child sexual abuse and to make the world a safer place for all of God’s children. For a copy of the VIRTUS® article, “Beyond the myth of the bathing suit,” email: [email protected]