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.