How to educate kids about Privacy?
What is PRIVACY?
Why is it important to understand the concept of Privacy?
How to educate young kids about Privacy?
We often under-estimate our kids. We think these tiny-humans would not understand some complex concepts or intense thoughts or emotions. But they have a great potential to surprise us by their wisdom and sense of understanding; especially when we least expect them to.
These young minds are like sponges, they soak in everything they see or hear – be it good or bad!!
I used to tell my son since he was 3-years old about PRIVACY while taking shower, using washroom or dressing up or changing dress .. and used to emphasis that he is not allowed to enter the bathroom or the dressing room without permission of the person. And so he should also not let anyone else enter without his consent.
PRIVACY is much more than just good touch or bad touch.
I started asking his permission before entering the washroom when he is inside, so he would understand it better.
I couldn’t lock the washroom because he feels scared being alone at home, so asks me to keep the door open. Though he would just knock on the door or yell & ask standing at door – “How much more time?” or “Come out quickly”; but he would never enter. Which I never realized until one day ……
So this little boy of mine was in the shower while his friend came home to play. This anxious and water loving boy wanted to enter the bathroom and take shower too.
The moment this dude opened the door, my dinosaur boy roared – “DO NOT ENTER BATHROOM WHEN SOMEONE IS TAKING SHOWER” !!
I couldn’t believe my ears for a moment. It was like mixed emotion kind of few minutes for me – proud, happy, tearful (of course mommy hormones).
So a lesson he learnt and a lesson I learnt – “Teach them from the young age itself, what you want them to believe and follow; what is correct and essential for them. And most important – PRACTISE FIRST !!”
Practise what you preach!!
Children learn more from what they see. Like how they imitate us by polishing shoes, keeping dishes in sink, changing the pajamas, reading newspaper, talking on mobiles….
They are watching us every single second.. and grasping something or the other for sure.. irrespective of we want it or not.
If we Won’t respect their privacy, they will never learn to respect others and also will not be able to object if their privacy is being compromised.
My son, thankfully, has now understood now so well that everyone’sprivacy matters that he wouldn’t enter room if any of his friend is changing in the room. A friend mentioned it to me; when my son used to be with her after school; that he himself walks out of the room when he realizes his friend needs to change school unifom and is very cautious not to disrespect anyone’s privacy in washroom or changing room.
Don’t just think them as young kids who cannot comprehend meaning of privacy, instead treat them the way you want them to be treated and to treat others.
Starting young and more importantly practising the same plays major role in learning life skills.
May God protect all our children!
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