Consent is important at every age, and as adults, it’s important for us to teach kids about consent in developmentally appropriate ways. This can feel challenging at times, as it can be difficult to know which information is appropriate at which age; however, it’s essential for healthy development. When we teach children about consent starting at an early age and maintain an open and ongoing conversation as they get older, they can learn how to set healthy boundaries, develop healthy relationships throughout life, and ask for help when they need it! Talking to children about consent can also empower them to feel in control of their bodies and can help prevent child abuse and sexual assault.
In honor of April’s Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we will be sharing tips to help you teach kids about consent at different ages!