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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The Developing Teenage Brain

Remember the teenage brain is still developing and teenagers do not always make the wisest decisions. As teenagers go through puberty they experience hormone surges, which combined with their lack of full frontal lobe development (the part of the brain used for reasoning and problem solving), can increase their risk to make poor decisions regarding…

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Code Words

Every child should have a “code word” they can say to a parent or guardian to indicate they feel uncomfortable, need to go home, or need to be reassured. This should be a word the child can say out loud in front of friends or other adults without losing face or feeling embarrassed or scared.…

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Sleepovers

Sleepovers are a common part of childhood. They are also a time when your child may be more vulnerable. When we allow children to stay the night at other people’s homes we may increase the chance of sexual abuse. The offender may be the parent in the home, older siblings, neighbor children, or friends/relatives of…

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