For your child’s safety talk to your children about secrets and explain the difference between a “good” secret and a “bad” secret.
Good Secret – is a secret someone asks you to keep that has a time limit (example a surprise party) makes you feel good, proud, comfortable and you can’t wait to tell and you will very soon.
Bad Secret – is a secret someone tells you to “Never” tell, don’t ever “tell your parents” makes you feel confused, weird, uncomfortable, nervous and scared.
Teach your children that if anyone (even someone they know, love or trust) tells them a secret or to keep a secret from you, that they should come and report to you as soon as they can.
Explain that nobody should ever ask them to keep a secret from you, a secret you can never tell or one that makes them uncomfortable or confused. Teach children to turn to a trusted adult – a person in their Circle of Safe Adults – when they have anything on their mind that is making them uncomfortable or confused. For more information on how to talk to your children about secrets www.kidsafefoundation.org/products