By Fatimah Bintu Dikko

The safety and well-being of the girl child is of utmost importance in today’s society. With the increasing cases of violence and abuse against girls, it is crucial for parents and caregivers to take proactive measures to train and protect them from potential harm. Here are some tips on how to ensure the safety of the girl child:

Teach them about personal boundaries: It is important to educate girls about their personal boundaries and the importance of saying no to any form of unwanted physical contact. Encourage them to speak up if they feel uncomfortable or threatened in any situation.

Empower them with self-defense skills: Enroll your daughter in self-defense classes to equip her with the necessary skills to protect herself in case of an emergency. Teach her how to defend herself and escape from dangerous situations.

Monitor their online activities: With the rise of social media and online platforms, it is essential to monitor your daughter’s online activities and educate her about the potential dangers of cyberbullying, online predators, and inappropriate content. Set strict rules and guidelines for internet usage to ensure her safety.

Encourage open communication: Create a safe and open environment where your daughter feels comfortable discussing any concerns or issues she may have. Encourage her to speak up and seek help if she ever feels threatened or unsafe.

Instill confidence and self-esteem: Building your daughter’s confidence and self-esteem is crucial in helping her navigate through challenging situations. Encourage her to believe in herself and stand up for her rights.

Teach them about consent: Educate your daughter about the importance of consent in all aspects of life, including relationships and interactions with others. Teach her to respect others’ boundaries and to assert her own.

Be a positive role model: As a parent or caregiver, lead by example and demonstrate respectful and healthy relationships. Show your daughter what it means to be treated with kindness and respect, and teach her to expect nothing less from others.

By following these tips and taking proactive measures, you can help train and protect the girl child from potential harm in the society. Remember, the safety and well-being of our girls are paramount, and it is our responsibility to ensure they grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.

Fatimah Bintu Dikko is a Girl Child Rights activist and can be reached via 08056882982