Violence occurs in any setting: in homes and families, schools, institutions, workplaces and communities. There are no criteria as to who violence effects. It affects the smallest, weakest and least powerful members of society and children are the most vulnerable to all forms of violence—physical, sexual, and emotional. And the setbacks to such acts of violence are painful, causing long-lasting impacts. But the hardest part about violence against children, it never comes out, primarily cause children can speak up, their afraid, don’t have knowledge of the circumstances or don’t trust anyone to explain the details of a situation.
Is violence against children preventable? The answer is YES and it starts with us.
Here are three simple ways to create safe for your children:
- Talk: Make room for conversations. Find your way to make your point. Gone are the days where you need to wait for your kids to grow up to be 12-13 yr olds before you can have certain conversations. Children of the 21st century are quick to observe and fast to grasp instructions and directions.
- Build trust: Give them the benefit of the doubt. Acknowledge their statements. Ask your questions. Do not stop a conversation because you think it’s not possible. Allow children to pour out to you. It might not always be factual, but let them speak.
- Watch: Lookout for changes in behaviour. Observe their patterns, stay on alert when you find a change in pattern. Have a conversation by giving them the space to express.
Three basic steps to prevent violence, abuse and discrimination our children can face today. Let’s take every measure possible to create a safer space.