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10 Ways to Prevent Child Abuse

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Have you ever thought about the ways you could make a difference in a child’s life? As April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, we want to give you a list of 10 ways you can help prevent child abuse and how you can make an impact.

  1. Be a nurturing parent
    • Children need to know they are special, loved, and capable of following their dreams.
  2. Help a friend, neighbor, or relative
    • Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a hand to take care of children so parents can rest or spend time together.
  3. Help yourself
    • When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point where you feel overwhelmed and out of control – take a time out! Don’t take it out on your child.
  4. If your baby cries
    • It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry. Learn what to do it your baby won’t stop crying. Never shake a baby – shaking a child may result in severe injury or death.
  5. Get involved
    • Ask you community leaders, clergy, library, and schools to develop services to meet the needs of healthy children and famillies.
  6. Help to develop parenting resources at your local library
    • Find out whether your local library has parenting resources, and if not, offer to help obtain some.
  7. Promote programs in schools
    • Teaching children, parents, and teachers prevention strategies can help keep children safe.
  8. Monitor your child’s TV, video, and internet viewing
    • Excessively watching violent films, TV programs, and videos can harm young children.
  9. Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program
    • For information about volunteer programs and opportunities, call 1-800-CHILDREN or contact your local Prevent Child Abuse America Chapter.
  10. Report suspected abuse or neglect
    • If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, call your local department of children and family services or your local police department.
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