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How to Talk to My Child About Touching Safety

Parents, teachers, and other caring adults often teach children guidelines for bike, water, and street safety. Children do not become fearful of bicycles, swimming pools, and crosswalks as a result of this instruction. Touching safety can be approached in the same straightforward, matter-of-fact manner. Ideas for talking with children about touching safety follow:

  1. Include touch safety rules when you talk about other types of safety.

  2. Repeat simple safety guidelines often.

  3. Establish your own set of family rules.

  4. Play "What ifs" to practice decision making.

  5. Help children develop assertiveness skills. Practice responding verbally.

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