April 2022 is National Child Abuse Prevention Month CYbertraps 120

  • White House Proclamation
    • Goals
      • Condemn and combat child abuse – physical, emotional, sexual, and online sexual exploitation
      • Heighten awareness of risk factors
      • Highlight importance of supporting families
    • Child abuse occurs at all socioeconomic and educational levels, and in all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds
    • Key tool for fighting child abuse is prevention
  • Child Abuse Statists – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • At least 1 in 7 children have experienced abuse or neglect in the past year
      • In 2019, there were 73 million children in U.S.
    • In 2019, 1,840 children died from abuse and/or neglect
    • Long-term economic burden of child abuse and neglect is enormous
      • 2015 estimate – $428 billion, comparable to economic costs of strokes and Type 2 diabetes
    • Risk factors
      • Risk Factors for Individual Perpetrators
        • Caregivers with drug or alcohol issues
        • Caregivers with mental health issues, including depression
        • Caregivers who don’t understand children’s needs or development
        • Caregivers who were abused or neglected as children
        • Caregivers who are young or single parents or parents with many children
        • Caregivers with low education or income
        • Caregivers experiencing high levels of parenting stress and economic stress
        • Caregivers who use spanking and other forms of corporal punishment for discipline
        • Caregivers in the home who are not a biological parent
        • Caregivers with attitudes accepting of or justifying violence or aggression
      • Risk Factors for Families
        • Families that have family members in jail or prison
        • Families that are isolated from and not connected to other people (extended family, friends, neighbors)
        • Family violence, including relationship violence
        • Families with high conflict and negative communication styles
      • Risk Factors in Communities
        • Communities with high rates of violence and crime
        • Communities with high rates of poverty and limited educational and economic opportunities
        • Communities with high unemployment rates
        • Communities with easy access to drugs and alcohol
        • Communities where neighbors don’t know or look out for each other and there is low community involvement among residents
        • Communities with few community activities for young people
        • Communities with unstable housing and where residents move frequently
        • Communities where families frequently experience food insecurity
  • Role of Technology
    • Number of children using a mobile device has more than doubled in last few years
    • Parents have legitimate concerns about online safety
    • “Sad fishing” – Predators search “for kids who seem sad, lonely, or depressed based on their public profiles on a variety of social media platforms.”
    • “Online sexual exploitation”
      • Grooming
      • Live streaming
      • consuming child sexual abuse material
      • Coercing and blackmailing children for sexual purposes (“sexploitation”)
  • Preventative Measures
    • Child Abuse in General
      • Individuals
        • Caregivers who create safe, positive relationships with children
        • Caregivers who practice nurturing parenting skills and provide emotional support
        • Caregivers who can meet basic needs of food, shelter, education, and health services
        • Caregivers who have a college degree or higher and have steady employment
      • Families
        • Families with strong social support networks and stable, positive relationships with the people around them
        • Families where caregivers are present and interested in the child
        • Families where caregivers enforce household rules and engage in child monitoring
        • Families with caring adults outside the family who can serve as role models or mentors
      • Communities
        • Communities with access to safe, stable housing
        • Communities where families have access to high-quality preschool
        • Communities where families have access to nurturing and safe childcare
        • Communities where families have access to safe, engaging after school programs and activities
        • Communities where families have access to medical care and mental health services
        • Communities where families have access to economic and financial help
        • Communities where adults have work opportunities with family-friendly policies
    • Online Sexual Abuse
      • Familiarize yourself with the apps and online services used by each child and supervise activity
      • Open lines of communication
      • Acknowledge importance of online interactions for children
      • Persistent discussion of online safety over a long period time, beginning early and adjusting to age and maturity of each child
      • Clear and reasonable rules regarding online activity, developed in conversation with each child
      • Deploy technology to assist in child safety, but don’t expect it to replace adult supervision
      • Assist each child in setting and adjusting privacy controls
  • Resources – #2022–04–04 Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama Awards Grant to Create Digital Safety Video to Better Educate Alabaman’s Youth
    – #2022–04–03 April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Maui events promote healthy keiki
    – #2022–04–02 Juneau recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month
    – #2022–04–01 Nebraska To Recognize April As Child Abuse Prevention Month
    – #2022–03–31 A Proclamation on National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2022
    – #2022–03–28 Flickr Press Release
    – #2022–03–16 Protecting children from online abuse
    – #2021–11–01 How to protect children from online sexual harm
    – #2021–10–25 U.S. Department of Justice – Keeping Children Safe Online
    #2021 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide
    – #2019–12–07 How to Protect Your Children From Online Sexual Predators
    – [n.d.] End Violence Against Children Online
    – [n.d.] Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
    – [n.d.] U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime – Online child sexual exploitation and abuse
    – [n.d.] U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
    – [n.d.] U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

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