Sexual predator prevention

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Parents are always concerned, and should be concerned, about how to talk to their children about sexual predators. This conversation needs to be early and often. Parents really should be starting with their toddlers, talking in very developmentally appropriate terms about privacy, body privacy, who is allowed, doctors, nurses, parents only. Then also, making sure the child has a plan, knows who to go to, if they feel like something is uncomfortable to them or somebody is touching them in an inappropriate way. As kids get older, you want to repeatedly have that same conversation, so that you are reminding them of privacy, as well as, what their avenue if something happens to them so they feel comfortable coming to a parent or another trusted adult. Anytime a child is getting into a new situation is a good opportunity to revisit this discussion of privacy and safety, as well as, to warn the child of any sexual predators that they may encounter. Certainly you don't want to scare a child. You don't want to make your kid so anxious that they are not willing to go out of the house, but just a gentle reminder of their own autonomy and privacy, as well as, who they can go to if they feel uncomfortable in a situation.

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Peter Stavinoha, PhD

Neuropsychologist

Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in Dallas, Texas.  He directs the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and he is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Stavinoha specializes in the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in children. As a general parenting expert, he is regularly interviewed in the media, Dallas morning television, Parents and Parenting Magazines, and numerous parenting blogs. Together with Sara Bridget Au, he is co-author of Stress-Free Potty Training. He has also authored several chapters in scholarly texts on subjects ranging from pediatric concussion to brain tumors in children. Dr. Stavinoha received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stavinoha completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stavinoha has a 16-year old son named Joe.

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