With most kids now back to school, it’s important for parents to make sure their children are staying safe. KENS 5’s Stacia Willson caught up with Dr. Nancy Kellogg, Professor and Division Chief of Child Abuse at the University of Texas Health Science Center Department of Pediatrics, to discuss some ways to keep children our of harm’s way.
Q: What are some things to be aware of when it comes to preventing child abuse at the start of a new school year?
A: At home, there is a lot of excitement and changes in schedules, which can produce added stress and fatigue. It is a time to stop and remember to be patient and understanding as everyone gets used to the changes.
Remember that stress and fatigue can lead to short tempers and rash words or actions.
At school, children should pay close attention to the rules, especially about where they can go and when. They should get to know their teachers so they feel comfortable talking to them, and talk to their parents about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, sad or scared.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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