5 WAYS YOU CAN TEACH YOUR PRESCHOOLER ABOUT CONSENT
There’s a seemingly endless amount of things we need to prep our kids for before sending them out into the world (or at least off to school) for the first time. And the truth is, teaching them how to wipe their own butts, pick up after themselves, and be kind to others is just the beginning.
There are other not-so-obvious skills that you won’t find on the back of any school checklist — and some of them might just be the most important. Case in point: Teaching our kids about body safety, consent, and boundaries, as well as what to do if someone doesn’t respect them.
I know what you’re probably thinking: Just the idea of bringing up that topic to a preschooler is pretty terrifying. Believe me, I get it. It’s uncharted territory, and forces us to face the very difficult reality that things like childhood sexual abuse exists. We don’t want to say the wrong thing and scare them, by making them think that the world around them is not a safe place. But the reality is, as much as we might think that harm could never come to our children, the statistics paint a very different story.
1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.
9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.
They are protected by New York State laws.
Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.