When it comes to teaching your kids about privacy and respect, nothing is more important than having these important life lessons learned through trial and error. Most memories that are retained from early childhood, and adolescence are done so by repetition, and consistency.
In most cases, everyday situations can provide enough fodder for kids to learn about privacy and respect both in terms of others around them, and themselves. Teaching them it’s a two way street instead of just a responsibility they shoulder, will make it easier on them, and less of a burden on their little minds. It’s a community effort, both at school, and in the home.
When They’re Young
Lessons pertaining to other’s privacy should begin early, especially when their little minds are already inquisitive about the basic things. Knowing that it is not okay to peek, stare, or follow others that they do not know is a good way to get them to recognize that other people have privacy bubbles. Of course family, friends and other caregivers can enjoy such attentions from the kids, but strangers may not take to kindly to an intense stair from across the room the same way a relative may.
When it comes to privacy for children, it’s up to parents how and when they wean themselves off of their children’s business. A good place to start would be around the time they’re fully potty trained. Allowing them sometime to themselves will build their confidence and allow them to experience the flip side of the coin.
When They’re Older
Tricky business is all it is when it comes to privacy, respect and adolescence. How much is too much or too little? It’s up to the parent, but keep in mind that by this point in their lives, they are building their own identities and invasion of privacy would stunt trust in parents, and self confidence.
Technology is probably the most pernicious culprit. Cell phones, tablets, laptops all have the ability to connect your child to the entire world. Scary thought! Talking to your children about your expectations, rules, and how you trust them to make good decisions is a good way to begin. Having a good way of blocking, or monitoring suspicious site activity is also a must; especially in today’s age where cyber bullying, or predation is common.
In all cases, trust your instinct; all children are different, and no one knows your child better than you. Trust in your abilities, and your family will blossom.