Its never too early to teach them. If she can understand the word no and what it entails, she can understand the good touching and bad touching.
With my children and students I taught them at the age of 2 and reinforce it every couple of weeks.
At circle time I would talk about doctors and what to expect during a visit. They would then be told where a doctor may touch them.
I then taught the appropirate names for the private parts and each private parts function. After a couple of giggles the kids were able to identify their parts.
Then we talked about family members including parents. We discussed how thier parents will have to touch thier private areas with a washcloth to help them clean themselves or change a diaper of a smaller sibling.
We talked about good Touching
Pats on the head, back, hugs.
Then we talked about the bad touching/behavior.
Pictures of people without clothes
Touching private parts
Rubbing private parts
I explained also that the bad touching occurs when a grownup or another child touches your private areas or make you touch thiers.
I stressed that under no circumstance should an adult or child touch you on or inside your private parts. They should not ask you to look at or touch thiers.
I stress that if this happens do not be afraid to tell Mommy or Daddy. They can help. If its Mommy or Daddy dont be afraid to tell the teacher.
I also tell them, that some times people will make you feel afraid to tell, but no one can help you if you dont tell.
I feel that as mothers we also have to model behaviors that show our children how to say NO. If we appear to be pushovers and have a hard time standing up for ourselves and saying NO, children learn that behavior.
Setting boundaries for yourself can also show your child whats innapropriate.
Also, dont make your children give others hugs, ect. Give them an option to do so if they want to.
Hope this helps. It has helped the parents I work with to better talk with thier children and reinforce what is learned in class.
Just take into account your childs age and comprehension level wwhen introducing these concepts.
Like you I dont trust anyone with my kids. I keep them with me ALL day, lol!
Edited by billyjean - Mar 08 2007 at 12:37pm