2)Discipline your children thoughtfully: Never discipline your child when you are upset. Give yourself time to calm down.
Let’s remember that discipline is meant to teach a child and not a way of revenge.
Use privileges to encourage good behavior and time-outs to help your child regain control.
3)Examine your behavior: Abuse is not just physical. Both words and actions could inflict deep, lasting mental wounds.
Be a nurturing parent. Use your actions to show children and other adults that conflicts can be settled without hitting or yelling and that effective talking and listening can make a difference.
4)Educate yourself and others: Help educate others in your community about Child Abuse and Neglect.
After-school activities, parent education classes, mentoring programs, and respite care are some of the many ways to keep children safe from harm. Be a voice in support of these efforts in your community. Remember, any small effort can make a step towards the right way.
5)Teach children their rights: When children are taught they are special and have the right to be safe, they are less likely to think abuse is their fault, and more likely to report an offender. Encourage you children to view the www.be-free.info site. It contains helpful information.
6)Support prevention programs: Too often, intervention occurs only after abuse is reported. Parent education, community centers, respite care services, and abuse treatment programs help to protect children by addressing circumstances that places families at risk for Child Abuse and Neglect.
8)Know the signs: Unexplained injuries aren’t the only signs of abuse.
Fear of a certain adult, difficulty trusting others or making friends, sudden changes in eating or sleeping patterns, inappropriate sexual behavior, poor hygiene, secrecy, and hostility are often signs of family problems and may indicate a child is being neglected or physically, sexually, or emotionally abused.
10) Report Abuse: If you witness a child being harmed or see evidence of Abuse, or if a child tells you about abuse, make a report to the proper authorities in your country.
When talking to a child about Abuse, listen carefully, assure the child that he or she did the right thing by telling an adult, and affirm that he or she is not responsible for what happened.
11)Invest in Kids. Encourage leaders in the community to be supportive of children and families.
Ask employers to provide family-friendly work environments. Ask your local and national lawmakers to support legislation to better protect our children and to improve their lives.