How do I handle my 5 yr old taking nude pics?

Natalee - posted on 01/01/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old son was taking nude pictures, from the waste down, of himself and my 3 year old daughter with his DS. Any suggestions on how to handle this??? I'd hate to take his fav. Christmas gift away already!!

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Natalee - posted on 01/01/2013

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Thank you so much for your advice! We are trying to set the parental controls to disable the camera right now. Hopefully this will work! Thank you so much for your advice, I'm glad I found this site!!!

Jodi - posted on 01/01/2013

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Just talk to him about how our private body areas should remain private (in whichever terms you use for his penis and his sister's vagina), and that includes not taking photos of them. Taking it away for the day was a good thing to do, and when you return it to him, make sure you reinforce the message again. Next time, it might be for a week, or it might be that he can only use it when you are supervising him (so in a certain location), or something along those lines. if he can't abide by those (and at 5, he should be able to), then you may have to take it away.

My kids don't have the latest DS, can you disable the camera function on it?

Natalee - posted on 01/01/2013

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Thank you. He took pictures of himself once and I talked to him and took it away for a day. He is asleep now, but I plan to talk with him before school in the morning. I was just needing some guidance/advice on how to go about talking to him?

Jodi - posted on 01/01/2013

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Have you talked to him about why it isn't okay for him to take those pictures? I think if you discuss it with him, and make it clear he cannot do this or you will decide that he is obviously too young to be responsible with his DS and you will have to keep it until he is older. Make sure he understands what the consequences will be if he continues the behaviour, and then make sure you follow through.

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