What is Child abuse?
Types of child abuse
Causes for child abuse
Effects of child abuse
Role of parents and other family members
“Our responsibilities and duties as parents and as sensible brothers and sisters.”
Create a friendly environment for children at home so that they feel safe and trustworthy during the conversation and build trust.
Children should be reassured that if they complain to their parents or older siblings about an undesirable act or person, they will be trusted and will not face any reprimands or beatings.
Make it clear to children that their siblings are the only ones who are their real siblings.
Explain to children that they cannot take any toys or food from strangers. Drivers, janitors, housekeepers, school administrators, and teachers are also strangers to children in terms of receiving such gifts.
Children should be reminded not to sit alone in the room with anyone other than their parents and siblings, and to have their parents and siblings with them at all times until they are too old.
Children should be advised to avoid talking unnecessarily to people around them and to move away from the person or place immediately if they feel threatened or intimidated.
If tutors and readers come to the house to teach the children, then the sensible and responsible person of the house should be present in the teaching room.
Parents should be present with the child to board the school van or to the school gate.
Keep track of all children’s friends and their homes. Strictly follow the children’s comings and goings during the game and stay with an older, sensible person in the house while playing with the children outside.
If you come home to look after children, have employees present, never leave your children alone with them and never send them out alone with an employee or driver.
Keep the data of all the employees of your household safe and also submit it to the local police station.
Never send children alone to a stranger’s or neighbour’s house, no matter how pleasant the parents’ relationship with the neighbours.
Keep an eye on the unusual movements of a stranger or suspicious person, who does not belong to your area or neighbourhood.
Never send children to a store alone to buy household items.
Pay attention to children’s changing attitudes, moods, and habits.
Keep an eye on who your child is afraid of and who he or she is approaching unnecessarily.
Teach children to say “no”. If a person tries to get close to them in the wrong way.
At the end of the day, ask the children where they went all day.
In the end, it is important to explain to the children who have been the victims of such accidents that they are not responsible for any such accident or incident.
Nor do they need to feel ashamed or guilty. Make sure that the home environment is built with healthy communication and action.
While educating children on these topics, we also need to take special care not to intimidate them with any of our words or actions.
Therefore, whatever is explained or told to them should be explained in a very light-hearted manner, gradually at different times so that the clear and innocent minds of the children are not distracted.
They do not feel any kind of fear, as if whenever talking to them If done, the home environment should be friendly.
These topics are generally considered to be shameful and parents do not want to mention them in front of their children.
But now the urgency of the time and the situation demands that we enlighten our children. To save the future, we must take these steps more urgently so that in the future we can build a healthy society for our children.
FAQs about Child abuse
what is the most possible reason child abuse is unreported?
The most possible reason behind unreported cases of child abuse is the social behaviour of the individuals living around the society. In most societies, parents feel hesitation in reporting the case of child abuse due to the negative comments from the people living around them. This condition is even worse in the eastern societies such as in some Asian countries like India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. People make fun of these suffering children therefore, parents avoid reporting child abuse cases.
When Does Discipline become child abuse?
Discipline is a good thing until considered as imparting moral character in child. But mostly parents impose very strictness and hard rules at home to be followed by the child. This situation becomes worse as it causes adverse psychological effects on the child. To make this intense discipline followed by the child parents behavior turns into a type of child abuse probably the verbal child abuse. This is also observed in the educational institutes where teachers unintentionally practice child abuse.
Which is the following is the most frequent form of child abuse?
The most frequent form of child abuse is verbal abuse around the world. This is witnessed in multiple forms. Verbal abuse is prevailing in the world as parents leave their children at home under the supervision of a housemaid. These housemaids in the absence of parents practice child abuse. Similarly, in educational institutes, verbal child abuse is witnessed by the teaching staff. In families with poor and uneducated background, verbal abuse is practised by the even.
What are the signs of child abuse?
Being a child who is facing some sort of child abuse becomes frightened. He cannot understand the situation he goes through. But there are certain signs of child abuse that parents need to highlight. For examples, Sudden change in child behaviour, any physical injury of specific body parts, silence, lack of interest in educational activities, social skills, living away from parent’s company, anxiety etc.