Children and Privacy

Privacy education includes the knowledge that the child has the freedom to realize his own and other people’s privacy, to protect his private space, to respect other people’s privacy, to draw boundaries between himself and his environment, to say no to unwanted touches and demands.

Privacy education is given by the parents.

Privacy education has an important place in the 0-6 age period of children. Maybe you can think that education is not given until the age of 0-3. But parents can do this; They can initiate the “privacy” process by being sensitive to their bathroom and toilet needs while changing diapers.

What Should Be Considered?

Step 1: Define a Custom Field

Private parts of the body can be taught from the age of two that these areas should be hidden. It should be taught that this area should not be touched by anyone other than parents and doctors.

Step 2: Teaching You to Enter Your Room with Permission

From the age of four or five, children should be taught to enter the room by knocking on the door and getting permission.

Step 3: Teaching To Keep The Toilet Door Closed

Children are expected to acquire the toilet habit at the age of two, and to learn to clean after the toilet at the latest at the age of four. Parents can be told that they should be alone in the toilet during these periods and that they should not go to the toilet in a way that others can see.

Step 4: Respect the Child’s Private Spaces

It shows respect not to dress the child in front of others and to take him to another room, even when changing diapers. After the age of four or five, it is necessary to wash the child with underwear, to make him feel that we respect that area by squinting while removing and cleaning the underwear, and turning the head slightly.

After the age of seven, it would be nice to give them the opportunity to clean their private areas in the bathroom.

Siblings should not be allowed to take a bath together after the age of four or five, and if necessary, they should be washed with their underwear.

Step 5: Not Making the Child’s Sexual Organs an Object of Love

It is not right to love young children by touching their genitals. The child may not be able to distinguish whether it is good or bad when someone else wants to touch their private area. For this reason, it is necessary not to overdo it, not to wipe it by applying excessive pressure, even in cases of diapering, applying diaper cream and cleaning it.

Step 6: Defining Private Space with Primary School

It can be said that during the primary school period, a drawer or basket can be determined at home and the child can put his personal belongings there. During adolescence, teens may request more private spaces with locks. It is a better behavior to meet their demands normally, not to intrude into their private areas, not to mess with their phones, not to read their diaries.

Step 7: Separating Beds with Parent and Sibling

The general approach in this regard is as follows: Up to six months, the child can sleep with his mother. After six months, she can sleep in the crib in the same room as her mother. By the age of two, the child gradually gains independence. This is a time when the period room can be reserved. Beds of siblings sleeping together can be separated from the age of three.

Step 8: Separating Girls’ and Boys’ Rooms

The rooms of sisters and brothers should be separated with the primary school period.

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