Personal Safety Education for Children

Personal Safety Education for Children

Personal safety education is an ongoing process of teaching children that their body is special, and that they have the right to feel safe and protected.
Children need to know the names of private body parts, learn the personal safety rules, how to identify safe and unsafe touch, and what to do if a person abuses or tries to abuse them.
Parents and teachers are the best people to impart personal safety education.
Finally – personal safety education has to be imparted in a manner that is appropriate to the age of the child.

A quick ‘ rule of thumb ’ to teach your child …

I can say NO to keep myself safe

I can shout NO if someone touches me in an unsafe manner

I can GO away from any person who makes me feel unsafe

I can TELL somebody about it to get help and

keep TELLING until someone believes me and stops the abuse

POCSO Act

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) addresses sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.

The Act defines a child as any person below eighteen years of age.

    The salient features of the POCSO act are:

  • It is gender neutral (covering girls and boys)
  • It is child friendly
  • It makes both the reporting and the recording of abuse mandatory
  • It lists all known types of sexual offences towards minors. It makes a sexual assault “aggravated” under certain circumstances, such as when the abuse is committed by a person in a position of trust or authority, or when the abused child is below 12 years of age.
  • It provides for the protection of minors during the entire judicial process