It can help to role play some situations where your child should say “No”. Role play situations like someone asking for help in looking for a lost puppy or someone wanting to touch them in an inappropriate way.
It’s also helpful to decode some common phrases someone who might want to harm them could use:
- “Don’t tell” means tell you or another trusted adult right away.
- “This is our secret” means tell the secret to you or another trusted adult.
- “Don’t yell” means yell!
Giving your children permission to trust their feelings and act on them is essential for helping them stay safe.