There have been a lot of stories lately about people in positions of trust with a child, being charged with terrible crimes.
However, the co-founder of Parenting Power thinks this is just because its easier for word to get out about these incidents, and more people are coming forward to report them; not that they’re happening more often.
Julie Freedman-Smith says parents still need to be vigilant, and should be educating their kids in an age appropriate way to speak for themselves. She tells 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen, you don’t need to be the only one to have these conversations with your kids.
“Find an adult that you trust, that can have these same kinds of conversations with your kids,” says Freedman-Smith. “So your kids know when they have questions, they can to this adult, or to you, and ask those questions, instead of just relying on their peers as they get older.”
Freedman-Smith says intuition is also important.
“If your gut is telling you that you don’t like that guy, or that woman, because there’s something that just feels creepy even though everything else looks fine, go with your gut,” she says.
Freedman-Smith does believe, however, that the majority of day homes, daycares and schools are, generally safe places for children. (scb)