Prevent Child Abuse

Parenting isn’t easy. Caring for children can be a difficult task. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, here are some tips that can help prevent child abuse from happening:

  • Get involved with other parents in your community. Help vulnerable children and their families. Start a playgroup.
  • Discipline your children thoughtfully. Never discipline your child when you are upset. Give yourself time to calm down.
  • Remember that discipline is a way to teach your child.
  • Use privileges to encourage good behavior and time-outs to help your child regain control.
  • Be a nurturing parent. Use your actions to show children and other adults that conflicts can be settled without hitting or yelling.
  • Educate yourself and others. Simple support for children and parents can be the best way to prevent child abuse.
  • Use after-school activities, parent education classes, and mentoring programs when you need them.
  • Teach children their rights. When children are taught they have the right to be safe, they are less likely to think abuse is their fault, and more likely to report an offender.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, click to learn more about the signs or how to report suspected abuse.

Help Your Kids Stay Safe While Online

Follow these tips to keep your kids safe while using computers, phones, and tablets:

  • Children should never give out their full name, address, phone number, or where they attend school to anyone they do not know without a parent’s permission.
  • Explain to your children why it is important not to volunteer information to any company or individual.
  • Warn children that even reputable-looking web sites might not be what they appear to be, nor as friendly as they appear to be. Explain that someone might not be who they say they are online.
  • Offer to be with your child when they are online.
  • Monitor what your child does online like checking browser history or logging into social media sites.