An American child crime investigator has revealed the five things she will never let her children do.
The mom, who is known as @thegirlcop on TikTok, said while some may disagree with her parenting style, her decisions are based on cases she encounters in her industry.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Child crime expert reveals the things she would never allow her kids to do.
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Your number one rule: No overnight stays.
“I know I’m going to get a lot of hate for this,” she said, “You don’t know who’s 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 allow her children to use Snapchat, and explains that the app – which allows users to share their location – has played a role in many of the cases she’s worked on.
“I’ve had a lot of cases that come from predators using this app and kids think things go away and they don’t,” she said.
“Nothing good comes out of this app.”
Her third rule is that she lets her kids 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 your body and if you don’t want to give my mom, your nanny, a goodbye hug, then you have the right to do that and set your own boundaries,” she said.
Keeping secrets is another thing she says she teaches her kids not to do.
“There’s a big difference between keeping a secret and keeping a surprise, and kids need to learn the (difference),” she said.
“I really can’t think of any reason why an outside adult would tell a child to keep a secret … and if you’re an adult, don’t tell other people’s children that you want them to keep a secret — it’s scary.”
Finally, she says she teaches her children the anatomical names of their body parts to ensure their children have the tools to protect themselves.
“They’re not going to have silly names for their privates,” she said.
Hundreds of people commented on the video, sharing their support and wishing the knowledge had been widely known and used when they were kids.
“Yes. That could have saved me. My kids will know to keep them safe!” wrote one user.
“As a former victim, these are things I wish I had known as a kid. Thanks for the clarification,” added another.
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