Tips on talking to your child about consent

(WTNH) — Parents are using the Harvey Weinstein scandal as an opportunity to teacher their children about consent and sexual harassment.

Child psychologist Dr. Laura Sanders with Hartford Heathlcare shares tips on how to have what could be a difficult conversation with your kids.

Dr. Saunders says it is important that your children know that they are in control of their bodies. Parents should emphasis to their child that no one is allowed to touch their bodies without permission. If you child wants to give their friend a hug, it is important they too ask their friend for permission.

If parents are worried about making their children scared with this conversation, Dr. Saunders suggests speaking calmly with simple language. Parents can also use their friends as examples , such as “Johnny can’t just hit you if he’s mad at you. Johnny needs to control his actions.”

If your child is in their teens, Dr. Saunders says it is okay to use a little more detail in the conversation. When it comes to romantic situations, make sure your teen knows that consent needs to be present not just with action, but with words.

Dr. Saunders say parental support is critical, if your child comes to you about a situation that has made them uncomfortable.


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