The girl chilid is expose to a lot of violence and the lockdown has done no good reducing this ,No better time to protect the girl child than now, with the alarming increase in rape .No opposite sex can be trusted. we have heard of fathers raping there daughter, brothers raping sisters. the question is who can we trust ? The answer is nobody when it comes the safety of your girlchild can be trusted.
Here are few guides to protect the girlchild from all kinds of molestation
Set boundaries and consent
Inform your daughter about safe and unsafe touch from people they know as well as strangers. Make sure they are aware that they have the right to say no to anything that makes them feel uncomfortable or strange. Also, reassure them that they can come to you if any situation arises where they felt uncomfortable and you will be on their side no matter who the person they had been interacting with. Practice consent by requesting adults in your company to not force your child, no matter how little they are, to hug or kiss them if they do not want to. Likewise, tell your child not to feel pressured to go along with physical contact just because an adult insists on it.
Health and Wellness
Safety of the girl child goes beyond just protecting our daughters against worldly harm. Their health, mind and body, is also a crucial part of a well-rounded upbringing. This means teaching them about nutrition and promoting positive body image and giving them all the healthcare they need to grow into strong and stable adults. From the time they are infants, regular doctor’s checkups and timely immunization can give girls the strength and vigour they need to tackle the world and its challenges. Providing them with good healthcare, such as vaccinations, ensures that they are protected from a host of preventable but potentially dangerous serious illnesses such as hepatitis B, measles and chickenpox.
Make A Noise
If your daughter is in a situation where she feels pressured or unsafe, tell her to not be apprehensive about creating a racket to get attention and help from others. For small girls without a strong grasp on vocabulary yet, teaching them to shout “no” loudly when they feel distressed or discomfort is useful.
In certain scenarios, young children may forget that talking to strangers is a bad thing even though you have tried to drill it into them. For example, in locations where they are comfortable and familiar, such as at home or at school, a salesman, delivery person or stranger might drop by, and your daughter may not feel the need to keep their distance. Inform your child that even in these situations, it is important to never engage with people she does not know, accept food or drinks or allow them to take her away from where she is, even if they claim to have permission from you.
The digital space can be a treacherous area for young girls as there are many predators online who prey on vulnerable youngsters and teens. If your child has access to the internet through a phone, computer or tablet, teach her about the potential dangers. Limit their social media presence, keeping it age-appropriate, and put a cap on daily screen time. Teach your daughters about cyber-crimes such as identity theft, harassment and grooming, and why she should not interact with strangers on the internet or share any personal information online.
Once your daughter is old enough, enrolling her in classes that will teach her how to defend herself from dangers is a good way to build confidence in her ability to handle unsafe situations should they arise. This will also teach her to be aware of her surroundings and notable signs to look out for when out and about.
As parents, you are the most important and trusted people to teach your daughters how to be safe in the world. Encourage them to ask questions and feel comfortable bringing up topics and scenarios they may need clarity on when it comes to safety and their well-being. By keeping the lines of communication open, your child will automatically be encouraged to approach you in their times of need.
culled from news18