Let’s Keep Tuning In
WE APPRECIATE EACH OF YOU FOR TUNING IN THIS APRIL. YOUR ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT DURING CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH—AND EVERY MONTH—HELPS TO KEEP KIDS SAFE.
Stay Engaged To Keep Kids Safe
Thank you, Partners, for your focused attention this April on the many ways that we, as adults in the community, can TUNE IN to protect children from abuse and neglect. Our April PIPSpeaks addressed a number of topics related to tuning in—see below and click through to read and/or pass along to a friend.
CONNECTING WITH YOUR CHILD
In our first April PIPSpeak, we focused on the critical importance of better communication with our children. We learned about the societal difficulties we have in actually listening to each other. We learned four active listening skills that we can use to have better relationships with our kids and with others. We learned how to broach tough conversations about safety, and identified specific topics to address early and often with our kids.
In our second PIPSpeak, we zeroed in on the hard truths about abuse. We identified four different types of abuse—physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect—and discussed the ways in which these can overlap. We then dispelled 10 common myths and misconceptions about child abuse, providing instead the facts about how, where, when, and with whom grooming and child abuse can take place.
Our third PIPSpeak focused on the warning signs of grooming or abuse. We learned how to watch out for indications in a child’s behavior or demeanor that abuse may be taking place. We identified 6 stages of grooming that a perpetrator will often go through in order to gain trust and overcome natural boundaries, and we identified specific red flag grooming behaviors that can show up in-person or online that should not be ignored.
Finally, our fourth PIPSpeak addressed what is perhaps an underutilized tool in child abuse prevention—our instinct. We learned the importance of trusting our gut when we sense that something feels wrong, whether it is in-person or online. We also discussed how we can support and empower our children to trust their own instincts and maintain their own bodily autonomy rather than just going along with what adults say in order to be polite or not rock the boat.
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Keep Reading, Listening, Talking, and Paying Attention
A key thing we can do to prevent abuse is to stay attuned to what is going on in the world. Things move fast, and the challenges kids face today are different from what they faced yesterday and will face tomorrow. To protect them, we need to stay TUNED IN as the world changes. Below is a resource round-up to keep your knowledge and understanding up-to-date. You can also visit our Resource Library for regular updates, and don’t forget to subscribe to receive our PIPSpeaks and other communications!
ON ACTIVE LISTENING AND GOOD COMMUNICATION:
- Kate Murphy: You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters
- Ariel Kaminer and Adrian J. Rivera: ‘Listen to Us.’ What These 12 Kids Want Adults to Know, The New York Times
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Active Listening
- Parents.com: 5 Easy Ways to Be a Better Listener to Your Child
- Raising Children: Active Listening with Pre-Teens and Teenagers
- The Center for Parenting Education: The Skill of Listening
- Strong 4 Life: How To Really Listen to Your Child
- Safewise: How to Have Tough Safety and Security Conversations With Kids
- Stop It Now: Tip Sheet: Talking to Children and Teens
- Stop It Now: What Should I Do After A Child Tells?
ON MYTHS, MISCONCEPTIONS, AND FACTS ABOUT ABUSE:
- One In Ten Podcast via National Children’s Alliance
- Parenting Safe Children Live Zoom Workshops
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Fast Facts: Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect
- National Children’s Advocacy Center: 10 Common Myths of Child Abuse
- Darkness to Light: 7 Myths About Child Sexual Abuse
- Child Rescue Coalition: 10 Common Truths of Child Sexual Abuse
- Child Advocates: 8 Myths About Child Abuse
- Stop It Now: Understanding What Makes Kids Vulnerable To Being Sexually Abused
ON THE SIGNS AND RED FLAG BEHAVIORS OF GROOMING, ABUSE, OR NEGLECT:
- Partners in Prevention: Kids Count on Adults Like Us to Keep Them Safe From Abuse
- Insider: 6 Subtle Signs of Child Abuse, and How You Can Best Protect A Child From Harm
- Darkness to Light: Identifying Child Sexual Abuse
- Darkness to Light: Grooming and Red Flag Behaviors
- RAINN: Grooming: Know the Warning Signs
- Center for Child Protection: Grooming: Knowing the Signs
- Parents Together: What Parents Can Say to Kids to Protect Them From Online Grooming
- Common Sense Media: What Should I Teach My Child About Safe Online Behavior?
- Anxious Toddlers: Every Child is a Potential Victim to Online Predators
ON TRUSTING YOUR INTUITION AND TEACHING KIDS TO TRUST THEIRS:
- Amazing Me: Interview with Feather Berkower of Parenting Safe Children
- Anxious Toddlers: 5 Ways We Teach Kids to NOT Trust Their Gut Instinct
- Kid Power International: Trust That Uh-Oh Feeling
- Better Screen Time: 5 Ways Parents Can Lean into Intuition and Safeguard Kids Online
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