Adults Need to Understand “Grooming” to Keep KidSafe!



Warning Signs of Grooming

 

Be Aware of any adult who:

 

• Wants to spend time with children alone

• Wants to spend more time with your child than you do

• Is giving gifts or money to a child & is always offering to

   babysit

• Is using inappropriate language 

• Is allowing the child to get away with inappropriate

   behavior

• Is trying to tickle, wrestle, hold, hug or kiss a child

   (especially when the child does not want to be touched)

• Talks to a child about problems that would normally be

   discussed with adults

• Invades the child’s privacy 

• Talks about sexual topics that are not age-appropriate

• Lets the child “accidentally” see them naked

• Shows pornography and naked pictures to the child

• “Accidentally “touching the child attempting  to touch

     closer to private parts the next time.

 

Child Sexual Abuse Predators tell children the following:

 

 

  • “If you tell I will say you are lying.”
  • “I will do this to your little sister if you say no.”
  • “This would really hurt your parents if they knew.”
  • “If you tell, I’ll go to jail.”
  • “If you tell you will break up our family.”
  • “This is our special secret.”
  • “This is what people do who love each other.”
  • “You misunderstood.”

 

Their goal is to:

 

  • Desensitize your child to their touch
  • Make child feel complicit
  • Make child feel responsible
  • Make child feel ashamed
  • Intimidate and scare child to not tell    

So how can you keep your children safe?
  • Understand the above information
  • Watch adults around your child
  • Trust your instincts
  • If it seems to good to be true it probably is
  • Supervise your children
  • Communicate with your children
  • Talk with your children about safe touch/ Unsafe Touch, body boundaries, secrets and reporting.
  • Let your child know they can always come to you and report any uncomfortable, weird, scary feeling and you will believe them and help them                                               

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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