At what age should parents explain to their children that there are people who use sexual violence? Parents can and should talk about this with three and four year olds, but they should not use the word ‘sexual’, ‘violence’ or ‘abuse’. use. For example, we can say to a child of this age: “You know that not all children are friendly. There are children who pinch or hit other children. They annoy you, and sometimes they are really bad. And there are Even big children and adults can be really stupid to you. They might push you or touch you stupidly. And that’s not okay!” At this age, a conversation like this doesn’t focus on sexuality or sexual violence, but rather remains somewhat vague.

And how do you find the right time for such a conversation?

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