It might seem innocent to tell your kid to hug or kiss a family friend or a relative, but you could actually be giving your children a dangerous message about the rules of consent, as this meme points out.
The meme’s message reads: “I am 5. My body is my body. Don’t force me to kiss or hug”. It was posted on a Facebook page called A Might Girl’s, and it came alongside with an article titled “I don’t own my child’s body” written by Katia Hetter, a CNN writer and producer. She argues that encouraging your children to present an unwanted affection is actually teaching them that their bodies don’t belong to them, and it could leave them vulnerable to sexual abusers. More than 100k people liked the post, and even more shared it. A dialogue of what you should and shouldn’t teach your children started as well, and you can check it out below.
This is the controversial meme that sends an important message about children and consent
A dialogue of what you should and shouldn’t teach your children started:
Many people agreed with the post above
Others, however, had different opinions on the matter