There is a huge debate flooding our world these days about consent. So, what is it?
The dictionary definition is to give permission.
So, why is consent such a tricky concept to understand? Such a black and white concept is being filled with different shades of grey from left, right, and centre. Because put simply, it doesn’t always need to be articulated to be conveyed.
A person’s body language or change in mood could indicate consent, but how is it possible to know for sure? For example, if someone is rendered unconscious as a party, they most definitely have not given their consent. I can put it down to a few simple words really… In the absence of a “yes,” assume a “no”. Only yes, means yes!
So, why is consent important?
Consent is about teaching your children about healthy boundaries. Teaching your kids early about safety rules and understanding about what behaviour is safe and what is not safe, appropriate, and respectful (both emotionally and physically).
The importance of sharing this message with our children today is more important than ever. Unsure if you have consent? Simply ask. “No” has to mean “no,” in every situation. Those two letters have to hold significance in everyday life with our children, or however, will they take them seriously later in life?
“No” requires no explanation. It is a full sentence. And as human beings, it is our responsibility to respect those boundaries from another.
WAYS psychologists are experienced in assisting young parents and young people with understanding issues and being an ear to listen to.
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