How to Talk to Your Child About Dark Psychology?
Other than the cases where there are classic warning signs of psychopathy such as the abuse of animals, you might have noticed that a whole lot of the personalities listed in the previous sections went through a normal childhood. If you are a parent, the safety of your children is paramount.
The kind of concern you feel towards your children extends from their interaction with other people to their own internal dialogue taking place without anybody else’s notice. In other words, you want to know that your child is safe when with other people and when alone as well.
It is especially disconcerting to know that there are people in this world who use their time, thoughts, and efforts to hurt children. While there is not especially much that you can do to change that kind of person, you can prepare your child to deal with the kind of people who are more likely than not to use dark psychology to take advantage of others.
How to Talk to Your Child About Dark Psychology?
1- Make your home your child’s safe haven
Your home should be where your child feels safest. The outside world is not the friendliest place there is out there. There are bullies in school, pedophiles lurking in parks and playgrounds and child killers who have no qualms about ending young lives. When your child is done dealing with all the dangers presented by the modern world, they should always have a safe place to come to. This means that you must be careful about who you invite into your house at all times.
Many times, the people who take advantage of children are people who are well known to them. As such, it helps to vet who makes it into your child’s life and who doesn’t. Besides making the home physically safe by making it inaccessible to predators, you must also be your child’s safe place emotionally. Children who know that they can count on their parents have an easier time opening up about the challenges they are facing, which will include the worrisome conversation they had with the creepy uncle during the last family get-together.
See also: The 10 steps of brainwashing
2- Be vigilant about what your child is watching and listening to
When predators are unable to access children physically, they make use of other virtual channels to do their evil work. Parents of millennials and other older generations had an easier time as far as keeping the predators away. Predators back then approached kids while they walked to school, at the playground, in shopping malls, and in other places that were easy to monitor. Predators of today have gotten smarter and will enter your home even when you have locked all doors.
Thanks to smartphones and the Internet, there is probably someone spying on your kid or trying to feed your kid information that they are better off without. If you must buy a smartphone for your teen, make sure you give them a long, hard talk about the dangers that lurk on the inner web. Monitor the type of content that your kid is watching and make the use of parental controls that are offered by most video platforms. Do not allow your child to make friends with strange people on the Internet. Some of these strangers who contact children on the Internet have the worst of intentions, including being involved in child trafficking rings.
See also: protecting yourself against brainwashers
3- Do not sugarcoat truths
When your child is young and incapable of understanding harsh truth, you’ll most likely do your best to sugarcoat the truth so that you do not give them weeks of endless nightmares. For example, you’ll not tell your kid that their goldfish died; instead, you’ll lie to them that little Mr. Bean went to live in another fish tank with his best fish friends. This is a normal part of parenting that involves wanting to shield your young one from the cruel realities of the world.
As your child grows older; however, it is important to let them hear the truth from you before they start hearing half-truths from other people. Kids are very impressionable and tend to believe what adults tell them. You must ensure that your child’s first point of contact is yourself. Do not let a predator creep into your child’s life under the guise of being their go-to person. If something bad happens in the community, explain this gently to your child and let them know that bad people who want to harm other people exist and they live among you, and there are certain signs that she should look out for.
4- Be the parent
Yes, you want to make sure that your child likes you. Nobody wants to be hated by their kid. At the same time, you must acknowledge that winning a popularity contest is not your first priority as a parent. Your child is free to think of you as a party pooper as long as you are focused on keeping them safe. If something does not sit right with you, use your authority as a parent to question it until your gut instinct approves. Your sulking teenager will not be in their teens forever, and once they are older, they will be grateful that you looked out for them when they needed it most.
Stay ahead of the game Predators are constantly changing the rules of the game because they know the rest of the population is catching up. For instance, some predators have taken to placing harmful messages in seemingly harmless kid’s videos and other content. Online games and the constant social media challenges are also at times used to manipulate, and influence children do engage in practices that are harmful to them. As a parent, you must ensure that you are aware of the trick and treachery being used to manipulate your kid and then nip this in the bud before it is too late.