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Here are some ways to teach children & adults about consent & bodily autonomy.
1. GIVE KIDS A CHOICE
Offer children the choice to hug or kiss — or not
and then respect their decision.
“Would you like to hug Aunt Tamika?
No? That’s okay!”
2. OFFER ALTERNATIVES
When a child is not comfortable with physical
contact provide ways for children to say hello that
do not require touching.
“Can you wave hello to Uncle William?”
3. EXPLAIN YOUR ACTIONS
Take time to explain what and why you are doing to
your family and friends.
“We’re teaching Kalyn that she is allowed to
make decisions about her body. Thank you for
respecting her wishes.”
4. SPEAK UP
When you see family members trying to make physical
contact with your child, say something!
“Please don’t force Abdu to make physical contact.
We’re teaching him that he has control over his own
body & does not have the right to touch others
without permission. Thanks for understanding!”
5. EDUCATE YOUR CHILD
Supporting children’s understanding of body
autonomy has a lifelong impact. Help normalize
each child’s right to do what they want with their
own body. Emphasize that everyone needs to
respect the body autonomy of others and that
“No” is a complete answer.
“Consent is as easy as: ASK FIRST!”