Protecting our Children’s Innocence
In her research, Kathleen Cooke comes across some very valuable resources. So see below for book details to help with protecting our children’s innocence.
During the interview, Kathleen also explains some useful tips to keep your children safe.
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Jesus ChristMatthew 10:16
Show Notes – Protecting our Children’s Innocence
- Book reference: Protecting Innocence: How to Discuss Sexual Safety with Children by Det. Diana Obbema
Tip # 1. Detective Obbema encourages parents to be vigilant at all times. In the US*, 93% of child sexual abuse is perpetrated by people known to the victims. Also, 68% of perpetrators are family members. (In Australia*, the figures are not quite so high. That is, 60% and 26% respectively.)
Tip #2. Fear is what keeps kids silent. So this tip is to create time for kids to discuss these topics. While they can be awkward conversations, they might be what makes all the difference.
Tip # 3. Use those fears to help children understand why these things are happening. Let them know it is a scary thing. But we also need to teach our children the appropriate language to communicate their concerns. This underlines again why it’s important to create a great place where children can communicate their concerns safely.
*References: Protecting Our Children’s Innocence
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