Dear Parents and Children
Today, I am posting a set of norms on the burning issue of Child Abuse from the Surat Paediatric Association, sent to you by a Member, Dr. Prashant Kariya.
The paediatricians of the SPA are working hard to prevent child abuse, be it physical punishment, child labour or sexual abuse, all of which are crimes against Child Rights. This is a campaign to increase awareness and prevent child abuse in our society.
Here are some tips to reduce child sexual abuse. These are what parents need to teach their child(ren) from an early age:
- Warn your Girl Child Never to sit on anyone’s lap, including uncles.
- Avoid dressing or changing in front of your child after s/he is 2 years old.
- Never allow any adult refer to your child as ‘my wife’ or ‘my husband’.
- Monitor your child when s/he plays with friends, because young people may sexually abuse a child.
- Never force your child to visit any adult s/he is not comfortable with, and also remain observant if your child becomes too fond of a particular adult.
- If a lively child suddenly becomes quiet or withdrawn, then patiently ask questions till you find out the reason from the child.
- Carefully educate your children and teens about sexual and moral values . If you don’t, they may learn the wrong values.
- Monitor T.V. cartoons, videos, films, etc. watched by your child.
- Activate parental controls on your cable T.V. and Internet connections. Advise your friends, especially those your child(ren) visit(s) often.
- Teach your 3 year olds how to wash their private parts properly and warn them never to allow anyone to touch those areas – and that
includes the doctor, unless you are present.
- Counsel your child against music, movies and even friends and associates that you think could threaten the safety of your child.
- Teach your child(ren) to withstand negative peer-pressure.
- Once your child complains about a particular person, don’t keep quiet about it. Take up the case and show them you can defend them.
- Always be ready to listen to your child(ren) and empathise with them.
It’s a sad, unsafe world we live in, isn’t it? But every parent knows his/her child best. So please customise the advice given above to suit your specific parenting situation.
Children, you must not be scared of fighting nasty things in life. Don’t suspect everyone you meet! But don’t hesitate to defend yourself from ‘nasty people’.
There are also many funny ways of defending yourself from nasty things – for instance – when you brush your teeth!
Here’s a funny “lecture-demo” on how, where and when to defend yourself with a TOOTHBRUSH:
The little Colgate girl is a good Professor, isn’t she? I hope she taught you to fight the nasties!
Remember to brush your teeth every night – and spit out your worries along with the paste.
Sweet dreams tonight!