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COVID + ABUSE PREVENTION on CTV NEWS

Thank you for the great report Lyds Maria and CTV News and CTV Northern Ontario for spotlighting this important message for parents.
 
I was interviewed by Lydia Chubak from CTV Northern Ontario news about the 3 things parents should be thinking about and taking action on during this quarantine for kids of different ages in terms of abuse prevention.

# 1- Kids who are living with or staying with a child sexual predator parent or another family member, should be getting abuse prevention education (from at least one parent) on what to do at this time (knowing how and who to report to- ei: the other parent, hotline, safety network, etc.) knowing their rights, and body safety, etc.

# 2- Parents who have to work during this time outside of the home (everyone from doctors to grocery store cashiers) and are having to put their kids in the care of family, friends, babysitters, etc., also need to give their kids abuse prevention education (a sort of sensitive crash course),...
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If you're a parent working outside of the home!

IF YOU'RE A PARENT WORKING OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME, THIS VIDEO IS FOR YOU!

Here are the things you can teach your kids if they are under the care of a step-parent, family, friends, babysitters, basically anyone other than yourself.

1- Explain to them what body autonomy and boundaries are.

2- Talk about private parts and how those areas are only for them to touch/see.

3- Talk about the difference between secrets and the difference between secrets and surprises.

4- Create a safety network and let your child know what to do if they are in an unsafe situation or experience unsafe touch.

5- Use things like safety words and teach them that they can ALWAYS tell you anything and that it doesn't matter when something happened, they can still always tell you!

6- Use communication tools (like CONSENTletters™) to let your child's caretakers know that you are actively teaching your kids about body safety.

Check out below for more info on each of these steps!

Sending you love and strength.

 

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How to create a SAFETY NETWORK for your kids and why it's so important!

ABUSE PREVENTION TOOLKIT: A safety network is a MUST in your abuse prevention toolkit. Here are the reasons why:

- Your child needs to know that they have other adults/peers in their life that they can turn to if they need help and you (as the primary caregiver) are either unavailable or they can't turn to you for any number of reasons.

- They may be put in a position where they are bribed, threatened or

So what do you need to create a safety-network?

You need to have 3 to 5 adults (can include one peer) and one of those adults needs to be someone that is NOT family.

Your child should help you select who they feel are the trusted adults that can be included in the safety-network.

once you have your list, you need to then ask those adults/peers if they are willing to be in your family's safety- network and what that will mean if they agree.

What it will mean is that they are accessible to reach by phone or in-person and that if they can't be accessible that they can reach out to...

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