– Although many are still considered taboo, reproductive health needs to be taught to children from an early age. Its purpose is to prevent and protect children from sexual abuse who are vulnerable to stalking them. This is because, during the beginning of 2018 until the end of February 2018, the number of children who became victims of sexual violence had reached 117 children. This data was mentioned by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI).
Parents Need To Know, Sex Education Is Not Taboo For Children
Compared to adults, children are still very vulnerable to all types of sexual abuse and violence. This is because at that age, they are still considered helpless and don’t know much about the dangers and ways of protecting themselves. That is why parents need to provide sufficient knowledge about how to prevent and protect children from the dangers of sexual abuse and violence. But how?
- Teach Children About Their Body Anatomy
Introduction to body anatomy is needed to teach your little one about his limbs. Unfortunately, some parents choose to use other designations for limbs that are considered taboo, such as “bird” for penis or “mountain” for breasts. Although it is not easy, mothers should teach their little ones about their limbs according to their real names, such as Mr P, breasts, and Miss V. No need to change or refine them, because this method can actually cause misinterpretation.
- Teach Children about Self-Authority
Self-authority is meant to teach children about limits on themselves. This includes teaching your little one about which areas of the body should not be touched at all by other people (except during medical treatment), especially the lips, chest, genitals, and buttocks. In this way, your little one will learn to set boundaries and protect himself from the risk of sexual harassment.
Explaining Children about Sexual Abuse
- Teach Children to Say No.
This method will teach your little one to say no to any requests that come from strangers, including requests and solicits that lead to sexual harassment. For example, a request for someone to touch a part of his body. Also make it clear that your little one has the right to firmly refuse if the person says that touching his body is normal. If necessary, your little one may report to the teacher or someone closest to him if there are other people who are suspicious or teach him strange things.
- Maintain Communication with Your Little One
The goal is that your little one can tell everything that happens in his life to parents. With good communication, your little one will not hesitate to be candid about what he has experienced. Sexual harassment is not an easy thing to tell, however, good communication between parents and children allows for information disclosure, including even negative things. If your little one is a closed child type, you can provoke him by asking, “How was school today?”, And “Is there anything you need to know about today?”, And other questions. Always remind your little one that parents will always be by his side, so he doesn’t need to be afraid to tell him what it is.
There are four ways to protect children from sexual abuse. If you have other questions about child sexual abuse and abuse, just ask your doctor . Through the application, mothers can ask trusted doctors anytime and anywhere via Chat , and Voice / Video Call . So, let’s download the application on the App Store or Google Play right now!