Physical abuse, oral abuse, sexual abuse; you name it, and it will be present in our society. Unfortunately, kids are the most common target of these abuses as they are weak and do not have power to fight back. All this takes a heavy toll on their mental and physical development, causing them depression and a variety of other impairments. The responsibility of taking child abuse prevention measures and ensuring that abused kids get immediate help lies on the shoulders of parents, though they don’t necessarily have to carry the weight of this burden alone. Everyone has a role to play to purge this menace from the society. To help parents do that when they find them on their own, we’ve got a few tips to offer that we think would prove to be of great help.
1. Start with Yourself
No matter how angry or frustrated you are, never vent your anger or frustration on your kids. Being a parent is one thing, whereas being a good parent is completely something else. Stay calm even if your youngster does something wrong. Violence and shouting is never a solution to any problem. On the contrary, it creates more problems. Aside from refraining from subjecting teens to your emotional outburst, make an effort to stay connected to them. Communicate with them and make them aware of your presence in their life. Let them know that you’re there to protect them, and that they’ve got nothing to fear.
2. Join Hands with Other Parents and School Management
Remain in contact with other parents in the community, including your friends who are also parents like you, to make a collaborated effort to purge child abuse from the society. Share your experiences with them and learn from theirs. It’s also best to talk about it with school management during parents’ teacher meeting in order to make sure your kids stay safe at school.
3. Notice the Signs
Kids do not share incidents of abuse, bullying, etc. with parents out of fear or shame, so you need to figure out what is wrong on your own instead of waiting for them to come to you for help. If the teen is not showing interest in anything, getting low grades, lost his appetite etc., then it means there is something wrong.
4. Be a Good Listener
Make your family, especially kids, your first priority. Listen to them whenever they approach you, even if you have got other important tasks and assignments lined up. Try to remain available for your kids so that they can know someone is there for them. Listen to their school problems, their relationship issues, weight gain issues, etc. The key here is to instill a sense of security in your youngster so that they know they can turn to you in case they are getting abused by their teachers or anyone else.
5. Take Action If Things Get Out Of Control
If your kid is seriously injured or is showing symptoms of depression, then you must report to the relevant authorities. The responsible people should be punished so that this may not happen with other kids. There are laws against assault and abuse. You should learn what those laws are and then use them to keep your child safe.