Child crimes investigator reveals on TikTok the five things she would never let her kids do
An American child crimes investigator has revealed the five things she will never let her kids do.
The mother who is known as @thegirlcop on TikTok said that while some may disagree with her parenting style, her choices are based on cases she comes across in her line of work.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Child crimes expert reveals the things she would never let her kids do.
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Her number one rule: No sleepovers.
“I know I’m going to get a lot of hate for this,” she said, “You don’t know who is there, you don’t know who else is spending the night. Brothers, cousins, uncles, sisters, you just don’t know.”
Her second rule is that she doesn’t let her children use Snapchat, explaining the app – which allows users to share their location – has played a role in many of the cases she has worked on.
“I have a lot of cases that have come from predators utilising this app, and kids think that things disappear and they don’t,” she said.
“Nothing good comes from this app.”
Her third rule is that she allows her children to decide whether they want to hug or kiss family members and friends, to teach them how to set boundaries.
“I know that sounds really mean, but it’s their body and if they don’t want to give my mum, their nanny, a hug goodbye then they have the right to do that and to set their own boundaries,” she said.
Keeping secrets is another thing that she says she teaches her children not to do.
“There is a big difference between keeping a secret and keeping a surprise, and kids need to learn the (difference),” she said.
“I can’t really think of a reason that an outside adult should be telling a child to keep a secret… and if you are an adult, don’t tell other people’s kids that you want them to keep a secret – it’s creepy.”
Finally, she says that teaching her children the anatomical names of their body parts is another way she ensures her children have the tools to keep themselves safe.
“They’re not going to have silly names for their private parts,” she said.
Hundreds of people commented on the video, sharing their support, and wishing the knowledge had been commonly known and utilised when they were children.
“Yes. This could have saved me. My children will know so they can be safe!” one user wrote.
“As a past victim, these are things I wish I knew as a child. Thank you for educating,” another added.
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