The Red Flag Phrases Every Parent Needs to Know to Identify Grooming Behavior and Protect Their Kids
Updated: Aug 4
It's hard to get a handle on how hard it is to be a parent during these difficult times.
But, we have control over how to be an empowered adult well-versed in body safety education and prevention. An adult who is empowered with body safety and prevention strategies can help prevent abuse and protect their kids.
A proactive parenting stance can help you manage some of these problems and drastically reduce or eliminate the risks for your family. Being able to identify grooming behavior to protect kids is the goal.
The stats are scary. Child sexual abuse is the most significant physical and mental health risk children face worldwide.
According to Lauren's Kids:
1 in 3 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. (The Advocacy Center)
1 in 5 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. (The Advocacy Center)
95% of sexual abuse is preventable through education. (Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute)
38% of the sexual abusers of boys are female. (A stat many don't talk about!)
A recent case in West Virginia Demonstrates how important it is for parents and children to be aware of grooming strategies. YES! We must talk to our kids about grooming and how it can happen in person or online. Not to scare them or freak them out. But to protect them. We have to become well-versed and savvy on the grooming strategies predators use.
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What is grooming, you ask?
It is a series of behaviors a predator uses to gain trust, access, and time with a child with the intention of establishing control, isolation, and manipulation to sexually abuse a child. The West Virginia Case referenced above used some of the following strategies. Identifying grooming behaviors will help parents and kids understand and notice the red flags! Before anything too serious happens.
Some of these strategies include:
Desensitizing a target child with benign touch.
(Does somebody need a hug? - examples include a causal pat on the back or too tight hug)
Encouraging Secret Keeping from adults
(Don't tell your mom we got ice cream)
Giving special attention or time alone with a child
(I am happy to stay after school and give you extra private tutoring for free)
Giving Special gifts, bribes, or even good grades
(This is a little present for you because you studied so hard)
Isolating the child from others
(Your parents and friends don't understand you like I do)
encouraging private conversations
(Let's not text... let's get on the signal app)
sharing adult, private information with a child online
(I am having such a hard time with my wife. She nags me all the time)
flirting with a child
(Don't you look cute in that little dress today!)
We have so much in common!
(Want to play an online game with me? You love Wordle... me too
Grooming tactics usually start benign as the predator lures in the family and the child and gains trust. All they need after the trust is two things...
TIME AND OPPORTUNITY
You can prevent that from happening!
Today, the Author and fellow sexual abuse prevention educator Diane Tarantini chatted about this article, the case, and how parents can get ahead of this topic and prevent it.
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