In this series “How to Talk To Kids”, psychologists, educators and childcare experts answer our queries on communicating with children across various big topics, from talking about death and mortality to sexuality, mental health, finance, and more.
Kids often think they can’t say no when someone tries to touch them. Ever had a relative hug you or pinch your cheeks while you were young? Maybe you disliked it, but felt you couldn’t voice it out? Teaching young children about their bodies and and genitalia is crucial to their self-confidence. It helps them understand what is a ‘safe touch’ and how they should be treated by others.
Experts from Safe Space — clinical supervisor Dr. Jasmine Yeo, as well as therapists Jeslyn Lim, Michael Chua and Aditi Chatterjee — share how parents can speak to their children about body autonomy, and how to handle situations if they have been touched inappropriately.