Here's Why Children Should Not Go On Sleepovers

One child safety expert who used to be a police officer has disclosed the three things that she forbids her own kids from doing.

Kristi McVee, a child safety educator from East Bunbury, Western Australia, took to TikTok to share that she would never allow young children to wear sleepers.

She further advised that parents should not rely on trust alone when it comes to their children's safety and should never allow young children to use the Internet unsupervised.

In the video, Kristi, who previously worked as a child abuse detective, shared that she conducted interviews with abused children.

According to her, perpetrators were frequently either family members or individuals in close proximity to the family.

She stated in the video, which had been watched 430,000 times: "Hi, my name's Kristi."

"I was a child abuse detective and a specialist child interviewer, so I interviewed children who had been abused."

After serving as a police officer for ten years and authoring a book titled "Operation KidSafe - A Detective's Guide to Child Abuse Prevention," Kristi proceeded to outline her guidelines for parents.

She said: "Number one is blindly trust anyone."

"We need to remember that our children's safety is our responsibility to look after them."

"We can't just trust anyone – even if nothing happened to you with that person as a child, unfortunately it doesn't necessarily mean it won't happen to your child."

Kristi then expressed her second viewpoint, stating that she would never permit a young child to attend a sleepover at someone else's house.

She said: "Again, children are vulnerable."

"They don't always have the language, the skills or the confidence to help themselves or to get help if something happens."

She said that "sleepovers are a no no until children get older."

Kristi proceeded to share her third regulation, concerning allowing young children to browse the internet on devices such as the iPad without supervision.

According to the social media user, this could potentially result in children being exposed to inappropriate content, cyberbullying, or, in more severe cases, grooming.

She explained: "Number three is allowing your child unrestricted, unsupervised access to the internet."

"We know this, but yet we use it as a babysitting device."

"I'm not saying don't give them access, I'm saying restrict it and supervise it. It should never be a free for all."

"For young children under 8-10 years old, they should be sitting in the lounge room with parents around."

"They shouldn't be on their devices in their room."

With 26,000 followers, Kristi frequently uploads videos in which she shares her perspective on child safety and her recommended practices for parents.

Subsequently, in her later videos, she included that it is crucial to educate children of all ages about their rights to body safety.

This implies that children are aware that they have the right to feel secure at all times, and no one has the authority to touch their body.

She specified that when it comes to determining the appropriate age for a child to attend a sleepover, it primarily depends on the child's level of confidence.

She said: "I will admit that I allowed my daughters to have sleepovers but it was a vetting process."

"My daughter was a very confident child. She knew her protective behaviors. She knew her rights."

"She had access to a telephone to call me. She knew she could come home at any time."

Kristi appended that around 90 percent of sexual abuse against children is committed by someone they are familiar with.

She said this is because "children are inherently vulnerable and we are trusting people."