Preventive Measures to Control Child Abuse

The foremost question that runs in the minds of every parent is, Can Child Abuse be Controlled? The Answer is: Yes, it can very well be controlled. Child abuse can be prevented or stopped through the efforts of schools, neighbours, families and the society.? Here are some of the steps that need to be taken to curb child abuse:

  1. Understand the causes of child abuse and learn all you can about abuse and neglect.
  2. Learn to identify the warning signs that signal that a child is being abused.
  3. Report any known or suspected case of child abuse immediately.
  4. Seek help if you feel you are at the risk of abusing a child.
  5. Be a friend to a child or parent in need.
  6. Alert others to the problem and help them to recognize and understand the effects of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect of a child.

Parents play a vital role in the prevention of child abuse. There are specific guidelines that can be followed by parents in order to prevent child abuse. They are:

  • Be involved in your children’s activities.
  • Notice when someone spends a lot of time with your child. Talk with your child about what they do, who else is there, what kind of games they play, etc.
  • Believe your child. Listen seriously and sensitively to what your child says.
  • Teach your child to ?Say no, get away, and to seek parents help?, if someone tries to touch him or her inappropriately.
  • Tell your child, “Your body belongs to you.?
  • Explain to your child not to keep secrets that feel scary or uncomfortable.
  • Go through the rules with the babysitter while your child is present.

Nowadays, there are various tracking devices available for parents that help in keeping track of their children. These devices are GPS enabled and serve as a boon to parents.