The shock remains but the panic is replaced by a growing resolution: Enough is enough. Abusing prevention, The recent gruesome incidents (rape/ murder) targeting children in schools, compel a complete re-look and rethink of where we are going wrong and what exactly can be done to ensure and secure the safety of our children. Keeping students safe and in an environment where they can flourish is becoming more and more difficult. Children spend a large percentage of their time at school and it is imperative that we make sure that we implement every possible measure to keep them safe.
A new kind of rigorous education is now a must for all children as well, maybe from the very moment they learn to understand the word “safety”. It is not only the parents’ responsibility to make sure their child is safe but also the duty of the school that we equip the minds of our children to do everything in their power to protect themselves from the monsters that roam in society.
A difficult topic but one which demands we shed inhibitions and educate children about the issue and their rights.
In most cases, the sexual predator is usually someone the child knows and has interacted with. A teacher, a family member, a neighbor, a friend… any of these people who we come to trust may violate our children.
The concept of ‘Your mind, your body should be taught to a child. A child must know that they and only they own their bodies and it is okay for them to say ‘NO’ if they don’t want to be touched. Even if it’s as simple as a hug or a kiss, a child should have the right to say no if it makes them even slightly uncomfortable. They have certain areas as ‘private’ which are off-limits to everyone else, including members of the family.
Says Pushpendra Kumar, Principal, R.P. SEN. SEC SCHOOL KHARIKAN SIRSA, “It should be made mandatory for school children to be educated about sex. Since I am from a rural area, I see a lot of parents hesitating to discuss sex with their children. As society leaders we have to take up these responsibilities as sex education is not only for the children of the big cities; it is very important for the children of the rural areas as well to understand and shed inhibitions around the topic.”
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