19 May 2015
Though child sexual exploitation is rare, unfortunately it can affect any child, no matter what their ethnic, social or family background.
Educating children about CSE and teaching them how to keep themselves safe is the best way to protect children and young people from the devastating effects of abuse.
All children are naturally curious about their bodies. Teaching your kids about their anatomy early on will help to dispel playground myths and help them to understand themselves a little better.
Teaching children how to talk about their private parts will give them the words they need to tell you if someone has touched them inappropriately. Use the anatomical names or use your own nicknames – whatever they’re comfortable with saying.
As a lot of abusers contact young people online, talking to your children about online privacy and how to stay safe on the web is incredibly important. Take a look at our previous blog posts like How social media privacy settings can help keep you safe online
Though a lot of young people won’t want to discuss their online lives with their parents, having an idea of the websites they use, the people they meet and the information they share will help you to identify dangerous behaviour or inappropriate contact.
Your child’s friends are guaranteed to have a big impact on their behaviour. By getting to know them as much as possible, you can ensure your child is not socialising with people who are looking to take advantage of them.
Talking openly and honestly about sex with your children will make it easier for them to talk to you if they are worried about CSE or any other sexual issue. For more information read our blog titled When and how should parents talk to young people about CSE?
Make sure your children know exactly what they should do if they are worried about themselves or one of their friends being abused.
Whether it’s to tell you what’s going on, talk to a teacher or contact the Rose Project, knowing where to turn for help will ensure your child gets the support they need as quickly as possible.
Whether they meet them in the street, at youth clubs or online, your children should be taught never to give their phone number or contact details to people they don’t know.
Instilling self-confidence in your child will help them to say no to inappropriate behaviour and get themselves out of situations that they find uncomfortable.
Keeping lines of communication open and taking the time to talk to your children about their lives, their friends and their feelings should make it easier for your children to come to you if they are worried about CSE.
Education and communication are two of the most powerful tools we have to fight CSE. Get in touch with the Rose Project today on 0808 800 1037 to find out more.