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4-year-old rapes his classmate in India; here are precautions you should take as a parent

Keep a close watch on your child's internet usage.

Written by Shaloo Tiwari |Published : November 23, 2017 3:15 PM IST

According to media reports, a four-and-a-half-year-old boy was charged with raping a classmate in a renowned private school in West Delhi and it even caused wounds in the the victim child's private parts. Most studies[1] conducted on sexuality, desires and age groups implicate the fact that sexual desires, whether it is the prevalence of sexual behaviours like masturbation or partnered sexual behaviours begins mostly during mid and or late adolescence. And these studies show no sign of sexual desires being aroused in kids below the age of 5. However, having the instinct of rape in a 4-year-old could be high because of the environmental and social factors. Here are a few ways your child's environment could be leading to violent sexual behaviour unknowingly:

1. Television: Especially news channels that run rape stories day in and day out with very graphic content could have a huge impact on your child's mind. Movies and these days even daily soaps are very graphic about rapes. Make sure you have a tight grip on what your child watches every day.

2. Your conversations: Even when we think the child doesn't understand what we are talking, our conversation especially the sensational news does gather a child's attention. Be very careful about what you talk in front of your child.

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3. Your relationship: Your relationship matters a lot especially if you are going through a rough phase. Seeing a father force himself on his mother has an immensely negative impact on your a child. Make sure all the things that you two go through should come in front of a child.

4. Internet: Every house has access to mobile and internet very easily. It is very important what your child sees on the internet. There are high chances of your child stumbling on to any sexual content on the internet that he may interpret in a very wrong manner.

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[1] Fortenberry, J. D. (2013). Puberty and Adolescent Sexuality. Hormones and Behavior, 64(2), 280 287.

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