When talking to children about sexual behaviors, it’s important to maintain a calm and even tone of
voice and to ask open-ended questions as much as possible, so the children can tell what happened
in their own words, rather than just answering yes or no. So, in this case, a parent might ask each child:
■ What were you doing?
■ How did you get the idea?
■ How did you learn about this?
■ How did you feel about doing it?
Hansen, Diane. (2007). Those are MY private parts. Redondo Beach, CA: Empowerment Productions.
For ages 4–8. This short, easy-to-read book uses colorful illustrations and catchy rhymes to teach
children that no one—relative, friend or neighbor—has a right to touch them in a way that makes
them feel uncomfortable.
Protectkids.com is the Internet safety website of Enough.org
Tips by Teens for Teens
- Remember – A million times before you’ve heard that honesty is the best policy. Most people don’t believe that, though. So when you’re out there in cyberspace, watch yourself. You never know when 5’6″, blond and female could actually mean 6’3″, hairy and male. Don’t believe everything you see online.
- Be leery of those who want to know too much. There’s no rule that says you have to tell them where you live, what your last name is, or anything else personal. Your business is your business. Let them stick to theirs. And trust your instincts. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, leave.
- We all remember the “buddy system” from kindergarten. Sure, you’re no longer in kindergarten, but the system still works. If you’re planning on meeting up with somebody you met online, bring a friend, or even your parents, along with you and encourage your online acquaintance to bring theirs, too. It sounds stupid, but it’s definitely the smart idea. At the very least, make sure your real friends know what you’re doing.
- Before you take a running leap at the streets and a hard-knock life, let somebody know how you’re feeling. Try talking to an understanding relative or friend, or call the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-621-4000. They are a better, more trustworthy resource than a stranger in a chat room.
- If you get suspicious e-mails, files, or pictures from someone you don’t know and trust, trash them just like any other junk mail. You could have a lot to lose by trusting someone you’ve never even met. The same goes for clicking links or URLs that look suspicious – just don’t do it.
- Avoid chat rooms or discussion areas that look sketchy or provocative, and don’t let people online trick you into thinking of them as real-life friends if you’ve never met them in person. Just the same, don’t let people goad you into online fights. If you go looking for trouble on the Internet, you’ll find it, and things can get out of control really fast.
The Sexual Abuse Centre (Rotorua) Inc is a community resource providing free support, counseling, information and advice about anything to do with sexual abuse. Our professionally trained counsellors work with men and women, parents, partners and anyone effected by sexual abuse or going through abuse related court cases. We also offer tailored education programmes to suit diverse groups.
Those are MY Private Parts
Macon Resources, Inc. (MRI) has services for children of all ages. Bright Start services provide information, support, and encouragement to families with children ages birth to 5 years who live in Macon County. Prenatal services are also available through Bright Start.
Plus, we offer Kid’s Connection, our after-school and summer care program for children who receive special education services and are between the ages of 5 and 18.
NEW! This book helps adults and children open healthy communication about what is okay and what is not okay when it comes to touching private parts of the body. It uses child-friendly rhyming and colorful illustrations by a four-year-old to incorporate messages about sexual abuse prevention. Statistics and information on childhood sexual abuse are included for parents and educators. A “MUST HAVE” for the children you care about!
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CENTRAL DAKOTA PARENT RESOURCE CENTER – REGION II
The Parent Resource Center is here to help you parent young or not-so-young children, recover from a divorce or separation, or cope with day to day challenges family life may bring. Central Dakota Parent Resource Center provides educational opportunities and resources to the citizens of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward Counties.
Why Do I Need to Talk to My Children About Sexual Abuse?
Keeping Children Safe From Sexual Abuse
Founded by Ariel Meadow Stallings, the author who brought you Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides and offbeatbride.com, Offbeat Families seeks to celebrate and empower families as they navigate the realities of parenting.
Formerly known as Offbeat Mama, we like supporting and inspiring parents and caregivers who are moving beyond mainstream visions of parenting. We welcome anyone who’s interested in families, whether you’re pre-parental, in the process of becoming a parent, or choosing to live childfree.
We believe that while children change your life forever, being around children doesn’t necessitate abandoning your identity. Offbeat Families continues the driving theme of Offbeat Bride: encouraging women to integrate their identities into situations that tell them they should drop it all and follow the template.
We believe each parent has the right to make their own educated decisions about what works for them and their family. Our only shoulds are loving your children and caring for them with educated intent. Offbeat Families doesn’t subscribe to any particular parenting philosophy or dogma, as we believe that every family and situation is unique, and what works for one Offbeat Families in one situation may not work for another.
While we address parenting hot-topics, we do so in the context of lighthearted and proactive inspiration — never condemnation. As part of the Offbeat Empire family of sites, we’re committed to furthering the company’s cause of constructive, civil online communities and conversation.
To reduce the risk of Child sexual abuse and to be an advocate and voice for children who have been sexually molested as well as their affected family.
What We Do
We are a Bermuda registered charity (#922) formed to create greater awareness of the devastation that child sexual abuse can cause in the life of an innocent child, their affected family and a community. Through the “Darkness to Light Stewards of Children’ Training Program, we provide training to individuals and organizations entrusted with children to Prevent, Recognize, and React Responsibly to child sexual abuse. If sexual abuse does occur, we also provide access to resources to promote the healing process.
SCARS recommends Those are MY Private Parts http://www.scarsbermuda.com/?page_id=56
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Recommends Those are MY Private Parts in Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Disability Resource Guide 2011
This book helps children open healthy communication about what is okay and what is not okay when it comes to touching private parts of the body. It uses child-friendly rhyming and colorful illustrations by a four-year-old to incorporate messages about sexual abuse prevention. Statistics and information on childhood sexual abuse are included for parents and educators.
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