Age 3 is a good time to begin talking to your child about his/her body parts and safety education. Teach your child the correct words to describe his/her body parts. Talk to your child about safety rules, such as wearing a helmet or seat belt, and include unwanted touching as a safety rule.
Teach your child that no one should touch his/her private parts (parts covered by a bathing suit) except to keep them healthy, such as a doctor checkup. You should also teach your child to tell a trusted adult if something happens—even if the child couldn’t say no at the time.
Encourage your child never to keep secrets from you unless it’s a good surprise, such as a birthday present. Consider reading a book with your child about body safety.
How to Talk to Your Child
- Be open and honest when your child asks questions.
- Talk at a level your child can understand.
- Use your child’s own words.
- Encourage your child to talk to you about anything at any time.
- Praise your child for telling you difficult things.
- Listen without judging.