06 Jun Make a SPLASH this summer!
Make a SPLASH this summer with the SPLASH Body Safety guide to ensure children are educated on safe touch. Bathing suit season offers an opportunity to bring up boundaries naturally. Right now is a great time to revisit Face It’s SPLASH resource to review important body safety and boundaries information for indoor and outdoor swimmers.
Discussing body safety and safe body boundaries in this stage is important as kids are more likely to be in organized sports that require physical exams, visiting friends’ houses for sleepovers, all while their body is beginning to change. Empowering them to know what to expect along the way will help keep them safe and in control.
-Use the correct names for body parts, including their genitals.
-Make sure your child knows the difference between “okay” and “not okay” touches.
-Teach children that now that they can bathe and use the restroom on their own, they should not accept such help from adults and older children.
-Teach children that it’s okay for them to say “no” if they don’t want to hug or kiss someone, including family, and always respect their decision.
-Teach your child about the “bathing suit” rule: No one can touch the private parts of their body under their bathing suit, no one can ask for them to touch their private parts, and no one should show them pictures of anyone’s private parts.
Educate children about the difference between surprises and secrets. A surprise party is good, and everyone is happy. A secret that they are told to keep forever is not okay and could hurt people.
Keeping kids safe is an adult responsibility!