The Basics of Consent
By learning the basics of consent, kids and teens become empowered to know that they have the right to say “yes” and “no,” especially when they feel unsafe.
What is Consent?
Consent is permission or an agreement for something to happen. Consent needs to be clear. We usually talk about consent when we’re talking about sexual activity, but it is more than that. Remember, consent applies to many situations, and everyone has the right to own themselves and their body.
For younger children, a good time to start conversations about consent is when you’re talking about sharing. Teach children to respect when a friend doesn’t want to share something or participate in types of touching, like hugging. This is a great way to work the basics of consent into everyday conversations.
Think of Consent Like Fries:
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The way we talk to children and teens about consent is obviously going to be different. Throughout different stages of life, it is important to remind children and teens that they are the masters of their bodies and experiences. Empower them to know that they have the right to say “yes” and “no” when feeling unsafe.
While we teach children and teens that they’re the masters of their own bodies, they should also learn to respect the boundaries that others set. If someone says “no” to something or shows that they are uncomfortable with something, it is not an invitation to try to convince them to say yes.
To read more about gender-specific conversations about consent, click on the link below.