Talk to your children about their bodies using proper names for all their body parts. Explain that privates are all the parts of the body covered by bathing suits and are called “private” because they are meant just for you – no one else.
Discuss that their bodies are special and belong to them and that no one (not even an adult they know) should ever make them feel confused, uncomfortable, nervous or scared. If they ever do feel this way then they have the right to say “NO” and permission to report to a trusted adult.
Remember: Talking to your children about their bodies should not be a one time conversation, but an ongoing natural part of your parenting. Get comfortable with it so your children will be comfortable coming to talk to you.
Page from our children’s safety book –
“My Body is Special and Belongs To Me!” www.kidsafefoundation.org/products