Talking about heavy subjects like sexual assault with young kids can be daunting. We want them to be safe, but how much should they know at what age? And scaring our loved ones is that last thing we want to do. However, talking to kids about their bodies and keeping their bodies safe early is critical. Not only does it help keep your kids safe, but opens the lines of communication for the future. Kids need to know they can feel comfortable talking to their parents about awkward things from the beginning. So here are a few helpful tips on how to talk to your kids about sexual assault:
1) Have your child identify what private and public parts of their body .
2) Help them make “body rules” for themselves
3) Talk to them about what to do if someone breaks those rules
4) Make a list of people your child can go to for help if someone breaks their rules
5) Teach them how to tell people if their rules have been broken.
Talking to your kids early and often about sexual assault can be intimidating, but using these tips can help you approach the topic with confidence.