Should Parents Seek Baby’s Permission Before Changing a Diaper?

An Australian sexuality educator has created quite a stink over her suggestion for teaching babies the concept of consent, by asking them for permission before changing their diapers. Deanne Carson, an educator with Body Safety Australia, which offers programs on empowering children and protecting them from child abuse explained that she works with newborns’ parents to help them create a “culture of consent” early in life, she used the example of changing a baby’s diaper or “nappy” to illustrate her point. As an example you would say, ‘I’m going to change your nappy now. Is that okay?’” then you wait for some kind of body language response. The educator’s remarks set off a firestorm of debate. Her response on social media to criticism was, The work we do with children, teachers and parents is an international best practice in abuse prevention… Do you agree or disagree?…… Ed
Source: Jackie Dunham / Photo: winnipegfreepress

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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