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When I was in elementary school, there was someone within the administration that randomly asked me to sit on his lap one day. It was an awkward moment, an uncomfortable moment and one that later defined how I raise my own son. Luckily, I was taught to recognize the signs of a pedophile, but I still didn’t talk to my parents about what that administrator had asked me to do until I was much older; I often wonder if he was successful in getting other kids to fulfill his perverted desires. It’s because of this very experience that I’ve worked hard to maintain an open-door policy with my child. But how many of us communicate regularly with our children, our nieces, our nephews and grandkids? How many of us can openly discuss what is appropriate and what is not? And I don’t mean just telling our youth ‘you better not let anyone touch you’. There is a massive difference between saying those words and teaching them about their bodies and the actual signs of a pedophile. In the wake of the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, perhaps we all need to truly start teaching and listening to our young ones. We must throw our old school attitudes to the wind.