TIPS TO MAINTAIN SAFETY OF GIRL CHILD
The statistics of the (2017) factsheet of WHO was titled as ‘Violence against women’ and it stated that every one in three women has to face sexual harassment. One of the major facts published by Virtual Knowledge Centre for ending violence against girl child state that 50 percent of the sexual harassment is committed against girls having age less than 16. Sexual violence, human trafficking, and harassment have turned out to be a staple element of everyday news.
Today the world is also called a digital world and everyone has access to the phone from a quite young age. Therefore, cybercrimes have listed as a prominent threat for everyone. It is important to teach girl child that it is better to be safe than being sorry with much amount of violence being perpetrated against children. It goes without even saying that parents are the first teacher for every girl, and they can help a girl to learn about safety. It is vital for inculcating awareness from a very young age and helps a girl to develop a strong character as well as think smart.
What you as a parent can do for ensuring the safety of girls?
For primary scholars (ages 6–9)
Information about self
Children should always know their home address, full name, and mobile number. They need to know the names of three trusted adults and methods to contact these experts if the need arises.
It is important for a girl child to have situational awareness and they can be taught with some useful methods. You as a parent could use fun games for teaching your child to be aware of the situation.
Safe and unsafe touch
Every parent should teach the difference between unsafe and safe touch and make sure that you would always believe her words. Do not allow your child to be kissed and hugged by someone she does not need to be touched in this ‘cute age’. Children can recognize whenever they are not in a comfortable situation.
Apply the rule of No, go and tell
This also follows the above-mentioned tip and you should teach your child to shout ‘NO’. Then she should, ‘go’ to as well as ‘tell’ a trusted adult whether she feels unsafe or uncomfortable.
No wandering alone
You should teach your girl child to stick to the routes you have shown her and you need to travel in the company of a trusted adult. You should discourage her to discover new places without adult help.
For preteens (ages 10–12)
It would be a good idea for you as a parent to teach your daughter how to protect and defend herself in any specific or dangerous situation. Along with helping her to stay safe, it would provide her a sense of confidence and this can deter someone who is trying to harm her.
Always be alert and aware
Situational awareness is quite important for a girl child. You need to teach your child to be mentally prepared for a plan of action for any specific situation. They should know people or locations that do not guarantee safety. However, it is important to be on guard every time while they are inside and outside.
Trust your instinct
Girls have a great skill for easily sensing creepiness; it could be a glance that is for too long or touch that is not comfortable. You should teach your daughter to have trust on their instinct pay attention to touch as well as look.
For teens (ages 13–18)
The age of 13 to 18 is when girls like to discover themselves. However, during this time they would feel attracted to someone. The attention provided by boys may be a compliment but teach your child to be a strong, assertive and confident young woman.
It is quite important to understand consent value. The parent should teach their daughter to say ‘NO' if she is not feeling comfortable and not feel pressured by anyone under any situation.
As girls grow, it is obvious that she would like to spend more time with her friends, experiment and see new places. Make her trust that you would be with her always. You need to encourage open conversations about things that are listed as taboo and explain the reason for curfews.
In the digital space
Your girl child might already have a mobile phone and be active on social media accounts. You need to aware of the dangers present online and encourage prevention. Tell her that she should not share her personal details online or being friends with someone she does not know.
Creating awareness is one of the most important things that you as a parent should keep in mind. You should speak to her different types of harassment and make sure that her safety has been maintained.
Save girl child along with Muskan NGO
Women empowerment is one of the major things upon which the volunteer of Muskan NGO focuses. These tips mentioned above would help you in ensuring the safety of the girl child to a great extent.