CONVERSATIONS WITH KIDS


Talk to Your Children about Healthy, Age-Appropriate Relationships

Help them practice disengaging from individuals who make them uncomfortable. Teach younger children to say, “No, stop” to someone who violates their boundaries. As your child gets older, the pressures to engage in behavior that makes them uncomfortable only increases. Therefore, you should discuss how to remove themselves from those situations be it at school, work, activities, or online.
 
Teach children that if they have a concern about the behavior of another person, they can go tell an adult they trust.
 
Explain the difference between secrets and surprises. Secrets can lead to trouble, and we don’t keep secrets from one another.
 
Talk to your children about healthy relationships, including the topics of sex and pornography. Their first exposure to these topics should be from their primary caregivers, not on the playground. We recommend having these conversations with your child by the time they are the age of eight years old. Reassure them that they won’t get in trouble for asking questions.
 
Be a safe place for your child to share information or ask questions about things that make them feel uncomfortable.
 

Listen

Ask open-ended questions about your child’s activities. Don’t just ask if they behaved or had a good time at a party, school, or an activity. Find out who they interacted with and if they felt safe while they were there.
 
Listen to your child if they say they are uncomfortable or don’t want to be around a certain person. Find out why by asking open-ended questions.
 
Pay attention to changes in behavior or attitude. This may be the only way they express that something is wrong. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of abuse on our What is Child Abuse page.

Learn From Us

Members of our Multi-Disciplinary Team met to discuss their experiences in parenting kids at each age. They share their insights on what conversations are important to have and how they have had them with their own children. Take a seat at the table and learn from these experts then join the conversation on social media using #EmpoweredToProtect.

Full Conversations


Preschool parents Danny, Collin County Sheriff’s Office Investigator and Katie, CACCC Family Advocate, sit down with Summer Land, CACCC Director of Clinical Services, to discuss how they prepare their children before they enter preschool.

Elementary School parents Bart, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Supervisor and Erica, CACCC Director of Family Advocacy and Support Services, sit down with Summer Land, CACCC Director of Clinical Services, to discuss the conversations they have had and are having with their elementary age students to prepare them for what they will face during these younger years.


Middle School parents Wade, Frisco Police Department Detective and Mansi, CACCC Family Advocate, sit down with Summer Land, CACCC Director of Clinical Services, to discuss the conversations they have had and are having with their middle school students to prepare them for what they will face during these sometimes awkward years.


High School parents Billy, Collin County Sheriff’s Office Investigator and Michelle, CACCC Therapist, sit down with Summer Land, CACCC Director of Clinical Services, to discuss conversations they have had and are having with their high school students to prepare them for what they will face throughout the next four years and beyond.

VIDEO EXCERPTS BY AGE

PRESCHOOL

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

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