This month of April is that time when things get warmer and the sun is out longer. More and more kids will be looking forward to the end of the school year. All they can probably think about right now is that freedom they are about to have to hang out and enjoy the company of friends and family as well as possibly going on a relaxing vacation.
With that said, it is important to know that April is also the month to spread awareness regarding child abuse. With schools coming to a close, it becomes increasingly difficult to notice abuse since children are not always fully supervised the way they are in schools. Teachers are known as mandatory reporters. Therefore, they must report any signs of abuse right away.
In order to protect your child and be fully aware of abuse, here are a few facts:
It is important to know how to communicate with your child and to talk openly with them.
Resource: “Kids First Child Abuse Treatment and Prevention Center.” 7 Ways to Prevent Child Abuse – Kids First Child Abuse Treatment and Prevention Center, www.kidsfirstinc.org/preventing-abuse.