10 Ways to Prevent Child Abuse
- Be a nurturing parent. Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams.
- Help a friend, neighbor or relative. Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a helping hand to take care of the children so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together.
- Help yourself. When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control – take time out. Don’t take it out on your kid.
- If your baby cries... It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry. Learn what to do if your baby won’t stop crying. Never shake a baby – shaking a child may result in severe injury or death. To find more resources and tips to soothe your crying baby, visit our article on How to Calm Your Baby & Yourself
- Get Involved. Ask your community leaders, clergy, library and schools to develop services to meet the needs of healthy children and families.
- Help to develop parenting resources at your local library. Find out whether your local library has parenting resources, and if it does not, offer to help obtain some.
- Promote programs in school. Teaching children, parents and teachers prevention strategies can help to keep children safe.
- Monitor your child’s television, video, and internet viewing/usage. Watching violent films, TV programs, and videos can harm young children.
- Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program. For information about volunteer opportunities throughout Ohio, please contact us.
- Report suspected abuse or neglect. If you have a reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, call your local public children services agency or your local police department. You can find a full listing here: http://www.pcsao.org/membership/agency-directory. This list was originally developed by Prevent Child Abuse America and adapted for the Ohio Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America.