Listen to your child. Let him or her know it
is safe to talk about anything with you.
Get to know your child's
friends and their families.
Screen all caregivers, such as
babysitters and day care centers. Find out what they know about child health,
child development, and child care. This may include getting permission for a
police background check.
Teach your child the difference between "good touches"
and "bad touches."
Take a break. Ask a family member
or friend to give you a break when you feel overwhelmed. Learn healthy ways to
manage stress. Look online for information and support, such as
Get help if you have ever been a victim of abuse. Having a history of being abused increases your chances of becoming an abuser. A good place to
start is the Childhelp hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). You can
talk to a counselor for free without giving your name.
To help other children:
Learn to recognize the signs of abuse and
neglect. For example, a child may not grow as expected, may be dirty or
unhealthy, or may seem fearful, anxious, or depressed.
names of your neighbors and their children. Offer to help a new parent. Child
abuse becomes less likely if parents and caregivers feel
Be an advocate for children. Support any group that helps
parents at risk of abusing their children. Donate time, money, or goods to a
local domestic violence shelter.
If you see abuse or neglect
happening, speak up. A child's life may depend on it.