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Protect Children

Protect Children

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Protect children from child abuse. This is a parents guide to protect your children from abusing.
Protect children from child abuse. This is a parents guide to protect your children from abusing.

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Published by: shruthi001 on Jul 01, 2009
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How to Protect Your Children FromChild Abuse: A Parent’s Guide
Cómo Proteger a Sus Hijos del Abuso Infantil:Una Guía Para los PadresDisponible en español en su oficinalocal de los Boy Scouts of America.
A Parent’s Guide
Message to Parents
Our children are often faced with choices affectingtheir development and safety. As parents we do ourbest to provide education and guidance to prepare ourchildren to make the best decisions. One way we do thisis to talk with our children. Some subjects are easy todiscuss with our children—sports, their grades in school,and many other features of their daily lives. Other thingsare much more difficult for us to discuss including childabuse—especially child sexual abuse.Although discussing child abuse with your childrenmay be difficult for you, it is very important. Researchshows that children whose parents talk to them aboutpreventing sexual abuse are more effective at fending off assaults. Discussing such topics with children is perhapsthe most important step a parent can take to protect hisor her child.Open communication between parents and childrenabout serious topics such as child sexual abuse offerschildren reassurance that no matter how frighteningsomething may be, their parents will be there to help.Unfortunately, a significant threat to the safety of 
A Parent’s Guide
children is adults who sexually molest children. A key tokeeping children safe from these individuals is children’sability to seek help from trusted adults anytime they arehurt or feel scared or uncomfortable. We feel that parentsare the preferred source of this help.We do not expect that your son will become a victimof child abuse. It is extremely important, however, thatif he ever faces an abusive situation, he knows that thereare adults in his life who will listen and respond in asupportive manner. The purpose of this booklet is tohelp you and your son develop communication skills andimprove his safety.
Using This Booklet 
This booklet is divided into two sections. The firstsection contains information for parents about childabuse and some tips to help you talk with your CubScout–age sons about child abuse. The second sectionis for you to share with your son. It presents four simplerules that can help keep him safer. These are followed by a few exercises for you and him to complete together aspart of his requirements for the Bobcat badge. The secondsection also contains some optional activities for him.We strongly suggest that you read the entire bookletbefore you and your son do any of the exercises together.Once you are comfortable with the topics in this booklet, you will be able to present the information in ways he canunderstand. Feel free to reword an exercise to help yourchild gain a better understanding.

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