Teach Body Safety

Always remember that child abuse is an adult problem. Children should be taught proper words for their private parts and be taught that nobody has the right to touch or look at their private parts. Children should not be expected to stop abuse, rather they should be educated to let an adult know if someone…

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Internet and Digital Safety

Ever wonder about using cybersecurity to help keep your child safe online? Visit ConnectSafely for A Parents’ Guide to Cybersecurity.  Source: A Parents’ Guide to Cybersecurity, Prefer to learn in person? Attend “Digital Safety & Your Kids”, a presentation by Hollie Strand with the SD Internet Crimes Against Children unit, sponsored by Sioux Falls Catholic…

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Internet and Digital Safety

A third of 11 to 14 year olds have watched porn on a mobile device while about half of 15 to 17 year olds of accessed pornography on a smartphone or tablet.   Source: Jonathan Blake, “Mobile porn access ‘damaging’ children and teenagers,” BBC Newsbeat, 2/11/14, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/26122390

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Trauma Support

Statistics suggest that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by their eighteenth birthday. Nearly 90% of these children will NOT tell anyone. If a child discloses abuse believe them. Let them know that this shouldn’t have happened and get help. False accusations do happen, but they are rare.…

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Don’t Force Affection

Most people would agree that it is adorable when toddlers begin giving hugs and kisses. Even with the right motivation, parents can get in the habit of forcing children to give hugs and kisses to people when they would rather not. Unfortunately this can send a message that we give affection because it is polite…

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