Recognising the silent threat and unspoken danger
Not all crimes against children appear to be aggressive at the beginning. Take paedophiles for instance – instead of being verbally aggressive, they stalk their victims and gather information about them first. Paedophiles then communicate with their victims in a charming and persuasive way.
It is essential to educate our children to notice intention and silent threat. Expose them to certain words that may look good on the surface, but their body would feel weak or even painful when mentioning it. Teach them to notice repetitive words that are spoken to them. Build their sense of alertness towards words and intention.
Our children live in the era of the internet. Discuss with them about the information they share on the internet. Give them guidelines about what they can share and what they can’t. Personal information such as photos, home address, daily schedules, and what they are wearing shouldn’t be part of the conversation between them and others. Our children need to know that they have the right to protect their information especially their photos, and that it should not be shared without their consent or their parents’ consent.
Children’s feelings and experience matters
Emotions are one of children’s most powerful innate intelligence. How much do we trust our children when they share their experiences and feelings? Do we hear them, or we avoid them? Most parents may not take their children’s feelings seriously. Whenever children experience threat whether physical or emotional, they either get into a rage or they hide their emotions. Hiding their feelings can be damaging to their psychology and self-esteem. Therefore, it’s important to hear what they are saying emotionally.
Teach them martial arts and survival skills
It is beneficial for children to be engaged in martial arts as it would help them build their strength at an early age. Teach them survival skills as well because practical and skilful knowledge can help our children adapt in this changing world.