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Body Safety Rules

It's important to introduce body safety rules to children at around the age of two and a half or three years old, in a non-shaming way.
March 14, 2023
Summary Notes

- Introduction of body safety rules should start around the age of 2.5 or 3 years old when children can understand language and boundaries.

- Teach in a non-shaming and matter-of-fact manner.

- Explain to children that hitting, biting, pushing, and kicking can hurt other people's bodies.

- Encourage the use of gentle touch, but only after asking permission first.

- Highlight the "no touch zone" or the parts of the body under a swimsuit, which are extra fragile and should never be touched, even with permission.

- Emphasize the importance of telling a trusted adult if someone tries to touch or look at these parts.

- No kissing on the mouth is also discouraged as it can spread germs and make people sick.

- Reinforce these rules and praise children for their understanding.

Okay, let's talk body safety rules. You wanna start introducing body safety rules when children are around the age of two and a half or three years old. So you're starting to notice that they can understand language and they can understand boundaries. And you're going to do this in a way that is very non shaming.

And matter of fact, I'm gonna run through this and talk to you as if I was talking to my two and a half, three year old. Let's talk about keeping our body safe, okay? No. Why? Because hitting hurts other people's bodies. No biting. Why? Because biting hurts other people's bodies. No. Pushing. Why? No pushing?

Because when we push, somebody's body could fall over. They could bunk their head. They could bunk their knee. Pushing can hurt other people's bodies. Oh, kicking why? That's right. Because it could hurt other people's bodies. If we want to give nice, gentle touch to someone else's body, we always ask first.

What do we say? We say, May I please hold your hand? And if they say no, what do we say? We say, Okay, no problem. Maybe another time. There are special areas on the body that we never, ever, ever touch, even if someone gives us permission to, Those are all of the body parts that we keep safe under our swimming suit.

It's, those parts are extra, extra fragile and can get hurt really easily. So we never, ever, ever touch no touch zone. No touch zone, un mass swim suit. We don't touch there. If someone is trying to touch those parts or look at those parts or want you to touch their parts or look at their parts, what do you do?

Tell mom, Tell dad. Tell a safe. You let someone know right away that something doesn't feel right and no kissing on the mouth. Do you remember why? Because when we kiss on the mouth, we share our germs, and so kissing on the mouth can make people really sick, and that hurts their bodies. Okay, let's run through that one more time.

No hitting, no pushing, no biting, no kicking. We always ask permission when using gentle touch. We never kiss on the mouth and we never touch any of the parts under our swimming. It's good job. Okay. You got this. Go have fun.