A former police officer and child safety expert has revealed the top three things she never lets her own children do.
taking to Tik TokKristi McVee, a child protective educator from East Bunbury in Western Australia, has said she would never let younger children have sleepers.
He added that parents shouldn’t “blindly” trust anyone. And they should never allow their young children unsupervised access to the Internet.
In the video, Kristi, who used to work as a child abuse detective, explains that she used to interview children who had been abused.
And he said the perpetrators were often within or near families.
Kristi has written a book called Operation KidSafe: A Detective’s Guide to Child Abuse Prevention.
In the video, which was viewed 430,000 times, she said: ‘Hello, my name is Kristi.
“I was a child abuse detective and child interview specialist, so I interviewed children who had been abused.”
Kristi, who served as a police officer for ten years and has written a book, Operation KidSafe: A Detective’s Guide to Child Abuse Prevention, then listed the rules parents must follow.
She said, “Number one is to blindly trust anyone.”
‘We have to remember that the safety of our children is our responsibility to take care of them.
“We can’t trust anyone, even if nothing happened to you with that person as a child, unfortunately it doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t happen to your child.”
Kristi then shared her second opinion: that she would never let a little kid attend a sleepover at someone else’s house.
She said: ‘Once again, children are vulnerable.
“They don’t always have the language, the skills or the confidence to help themselves or to get help if something happens.”
She said that “sleepovers are off limits until the kids are older.”
Kristi then shared her third rule, which relates to allowing your toddler to surf the internet on devices like the iPad while alone.
The social media user said this could lead to children being exposed to things they shouldn’t be, bullied, or in worse scenarios, even fixed up.
She explained: ‘Number three is to allow your child to have unrestricted and unsupervised access to the internet.
‘We know, but we still use it as a babysitting device.
“I’m not saying don’t give them access, I’m saying restrict it and monitor it. It should never be a free for all.
‘For children under the age of 8-10, they must be seated in the living room with parents around.
“They shouldn’t be on their devices in their room.”
Kristi, who has 26,000 followers, regularly posts videos on how parents can protect their children.
Kristi, who has 26,000 followers, regularly posts videos sharing her thoughts on child safety and her own dos and don’ts for parents.
In subsequent videos, she added that children of all ages should be educated about their body safety rights.
This means that children know that they have the right to feel safe at all times and that no one is allowed to touch their body.
He clarified that, regarding the age at which a child should be allowed to go to a sleepover, “it depends on the child and their confidence.”
She said: ‘I will admit that I allowed my daughters to sleep over, but it was an investigative process.
‘My daughter was a very trusting child. She knew her protective behaviors. She knew her rights.
‘She had access to a phone to call me. She knew that she could come home at any time.
Kristi added that 90 percent of child sexual abuse is committed by someone they know.
She said this is because “children are inherently vulnerable and we are trusting people.”