Preventative safety tips for kids

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Preventative safety tips for kids

There are some good prevention tips that parents can use when it comes to child safety. The first one is don't equate stranger with danger. Teach your kids how to recognize what I call "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" in situations and other people's behavior. Another prevention tip, let your child know that they have the right to say "no" to any uncomfortable or yucky touch. They can say "no" to a grown up or to another person. They are the boss of their bodies. Another prevention tip, talk to your kids about good touch, bad touch, and confusing touch. Let them know there are certain parts of their body that nobody is allowed to touch. Another important prevention tip, let your child know that they should always trust their instincts and they can always come to you and tell you when something just doesn't feel right. Sometimes kids don't want to tell mom or dad because they think they are going to get in trouble. They are afraid that you might not believe them. Start the dialogue and conversations when they are young and let them know, "I've got your back, no matter what. If something doesn't feel right, we are here and we are going to help you out."

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Pattie Fitzgerald

Child Safety Expert

Pattie Fitzgerald is the founder of Safely Ever After, Inc., and is recognized as a leading expert in the field of childhood sexual abuse prevention education, child abduction prevention, and Internet Safety education.  She is certified as a Child Safety Educator and Child Visitation Monitor, and has worked tirelessly as children’s advocate for over ten years.  As a former preschool teacher, Pattie blends her expertise as an educator and, more importantly as a mom, to teach parents and kids everywhere the most effective, up-to-date safety strategies without using fear tactics.   

Admired for her positive approach and warm, compassionate style, Pattie is also the author of the newly released children’s book, No Trespassing – This Is MY Body which parents and children are embracing across the country.  Pattie’s programs and curriculum have been implemented in public and private schools throughout the United States and have been also been utilized by The Santa Monica Police School Resource Department as well as the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department through their MERIT Program.   

Prior to the inception of Safely Ever After, Inc., Pattie worked as the Community Outreach Educator for the national child advocacy agency, Parents For Megan’s Law.  Her published work has appeared in national newspapers, parenting magazines, and trade journals throughout the country, and she has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, KCBS, KABC and KNBC news as well as countless national radio programs.

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