Sadly, one of the biggest concerns of many parents is how to keep their children safe from those who would seek to harm them. Be it emotionally or physically, children can often be vulnerable to adults or others who are bigger or stronger than them trying to overpower and hurt them. So as a parent, it’s important that you can prepare your children for how to protect themselves and keep themselves safe from this type of harm. To help you in this goal, here are three things you should teach your kids about keeping their bodies safe from others.

It’s Acceptable To Say “No”
When it comes to your children showing affection to others, you might be tempted to encourage them to give hugs or kisses to friends and family even if they show signs of apprehension. But in order for your kids to be comfortable speaking to adults about situations where they feel uncomfortable, recommends that you teach your kids that it’s perfectly acceptable to say “no” when someone wants a hug or kiss or high five. And when this situation happens, make sure you respect and support your child’s decision, even if it might mean hurting someone else’s feelings. For people that your children regularly interact with, make sure they know that your child has the final say for any physical interaction that takes place.

What Things Should Be Kept Private
Because children don’t understand complex concepts very easily, it can be hard to know how to explain things to them and what things about these types of situations to explain. But regardless of your child’s age or understanding level, they should be able to register what things are private and what things aren’t. Share with your children which areas of someone’s body are private and shouldn’t be shown or touched by others. According to Vanessa Bennett, a contributor to the Huffington Post, you should also have your child practice saying things like, “Please don’t touch or speak about my body like that.”

Don’t Keep Secrets For Adults
One rule you should have for your family and teach to your children, according to Jayneen Sanders, a contributor to, is to never keep secrets for adults or keep secrets about your body. While you can still have “happy surprises” like about an upcoming birthday party or Christmas presents, your children should be told never to keep secrets from their parents, especially if they’ve been told to keep a secret from their parent by an adult. Additionally, it can be helpful for your kids to know a few others adults that they can trust if they need to share sensitive information with.

To help keep your kids safe, consider teaching them some of the principles mentioned above.