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Following Simple Rules May Prevent Child Abuse

|Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles
Niki Smidt

March 29, 2004

According to national statistics, each day more than three children die as a result of abuse or neglect in the home. On average, a child abuse report is made every 10 seconds-a total of approximately 3 million child abuse reports annually. The following tips can help protect your children, or those you care for, from becoming a statistic, according to Childhelp USA®.

  • Never discipline your child when your anger is out of control.
  • Participate in your child's activities and get to know your child's friends.
  • Never leave your child unattended, especially in the car.
  • Teach your child the difference between "good touches," "bad touches" and "confusing touches."
  • When your child tells you he or she doesn't want to be with someone, this could be a red flag. Listen to them and believe what they say.
  • Be aware of changes in your child's behavior or attitude, and inquire into it.
  • Teach your child what to do if you and your child become separated while away from home.
  • Teach your child the correct names of his/her private body parts.
  • Be alert for any talk that reveals premature sexual understanding.
  • Pay attention when someone shows greater than normal interest in your child.
  • Make certain your child's school or child care center will release him/her only to you or someone you officially designate.

For additional information about child abuse and neglect, call the Childhelp USA® National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD® (1-800-422-4453). The 24-hour hotline is staffed with professional crisis counselors who offer crisis intervention, literature, information and referrals to more than 55,000 emergency, social service and support resources. A TDD line is provided for the hearing impaired: 1-800-2-A-CHILD (1-800-222-4453). For more information, visit Childhelp USA .


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