In a December 1996 episode of Prime Time Live, a U.S. company called Baby Watch showed real-life images of nannies abusing and assaulting their wards. Parents across the U.S. were stunned to see how nannies can seem loving and caring in the presence of adults, then turn into criminal offenders when left alone with hapless children.
Unfortunately, the average Filipino family doesn’t have the luxury of squeezing in surveillance gadgets into its already diminutive budget. So, what wallet-friendly course can we take?
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) devised a simple but effective educational concept—the 3 R’s of Youth Protection: • Recognize and be aware of abuse • Resist advances or aggression to avoid abuse • Report attempts or actual acts of abuse to parents or other trusted adults
Protective measures under the BSA’s 3 R’s concept are compiled in a booklet aptly titled How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse.
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The booklet says children must be taught the following things as early as possible: • to trust their instincts or feelings • to say “no” to unwanted touch and affection, or to inappropriate demands and requests • to withhold information that could jeopardize their safety • to refuse gifts • to be rude and unhelpful if the situation warrants • to run, scream, and make a scene • to physically fight off unwanted advances • to ask for help
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