White Frame Corner
White Frame Corner

10 Ways to Help Prevent Your Child From Child Abuse

1. Children need to know that they are special, loved, and capable of following their dreams.

Be a nurturing parent

Being a parent isn’t easy.  Offer a helping hand take care of the children, so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together.

Help a friend, neighbor, or relative

When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control—take time out.  Don’t take it out on your kid.

Help yourself

It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry.  Never shake a baby—shaking a child may result in severe injury or death.

If your baby cries

Ask your community leaders, clergy, library, and schools to develop services to meet the needs of healthy children and families.

Get involved

Find out whether your local library has parenting resources, and if it does not, offer to help obtain some.

Develop parenting resources at your local library

Teaching children, parents, and teachers prevention strategies can help to keep children safe.

Promote programs in school

Excessively watching violent films, TV programs, and videos can harm young children.

Monitor your child’s internet viewing

 For information about volunteer opportunities, call 1.800.CHILDREN or contact your local Prevent Child Abuse America chapter.

Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program

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.

Report suspected abuse or neglect