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November 27, 2017

How to Talk to Children and Adolescents about Sexual HarassmentMomDaughter

Helping kids understand the latest news can be difficult. It's hard enough for parents to talk to kids about sex. It's even more uncomfortable to talk to them about sexual harassment — especially the types of behavior that have been widely reported in the news lately. When kids don’t hear from parents about what’s in the news, they’re likely to hear about it elsewhere, with possible misconceptions and misinformation.

The Child Mind Institute (CMI) is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Their website at ChildMind.org has many resources that can offer guidance to parents and others concerned caregivers on how best to keep the lines of communication open with children and adolescents. CMI is driven to create a brighter future for children through commitment to: giving children access to the best, most effective treatments when and where they need it most; advancing the science of the developing brain to improve diagnosis and treatment; and providing useful, accurate information that empowers families and communities to get help.

How to Talk to Kids About Sexual Harassment:  Click here for Tips for handling this important conversation.

Helping Girls Deal With Unwanted Attention: Click here for more on How parents can arm daughters to protect both their safety and their boundaries

How to Talk to Kids About Sex and Consent: Click here for more on Setting your own boundaries and respecting those of others are both important.

Teaching Kids About Boundaries: Click here for more on How to help kids express their own limits, and respect the limits of others.

Teens and Romantic Relationships: Click here for Some DOs and DON'Ts to share with your teens to help them develop healthy relationships.

Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children and Adolescents: Click here for more on why kids may be too ashamed to talk, so caregivers must be alert.