Reporting

The Gift of Fear

The Gift of Fear (courtesy of Gavin de Becker) Covid-19 is frightening. And because of Covid’s impact on our daily lives, the decisions parents must sometimes make regarding their kids may be also be harmful and, in the extreme, traumatic. During the pandemic, parents must sometimes make quick decisions regarding child care. When that happens,…

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Think You’d Know if Your Child Was Being Sexually Abused By Their Teacher?

Think you’d know if your child was being sexually abused by his or her teacher? Think again. My phone was a buzz. “Did you hear?”  “I don’t believe it!” “Thank god my daughter doesn’t go to that elementary school”. It happened again, another teacher arrested, more children at risk for sexual abuse. It will continue…

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Q: What do I do if a child tells me—or hints—that they are being abused? 

A: The child has found the courage to tell you about a difficult experience because they trust you and they need help. This is your chance to prove that they trusted the right person. Perhaps you are a part of their Circle of Safe Adults. Here are the key steps to follow: Remain calm. Do…

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Q: My kid tattles all the time! How do I get them to stop?

A: We have a remedy for this. Knowing the difference between tattling and reporting is an important part of personal safety. Children can easily learn the difference between tattling and reporting and you will have a calmer household for it. Simply stated: TATTLING is telling on someone to get them in trouble. REPORTING  is done to…

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Q: I am worried that my daughter’s friend is being sexually abused, what should I do?

Reporting Child Abuse To answer this question let’s start with the technical (official). By law, if a citizen 18 and older in the state of Florida (and many other states) suspects that a child is being abused in any way (physically, sexually, emotionally or neglect) you must report it. It’s not only the right thing…

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