Have you had THIS “talk” with your kids?

Lately at some of our parent seminars as we are educating parents about the dangers of sexual predators, bullying, online safety issues and abduction…Parents upon hearing some of the statistics:

1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually exploited before their 18th birthday
90% of the time a child is harmed it is by someone they know
68% of the time a child is harmed by a family member

Parents get scared from this information and rightly so! What is frustrating and alarming from a child safety expert’s point of view is that the parents are also sharing that they are scared and unsure as to how to talk with their children about their bodies, private parts, safe and unsafe touch, and about secrets. The parent’s reasons for not addressing these issues:

Their parents never talked to them about it so they don’t know how to approach the topic
They don’t want their children to lose their innocence
They are uncomfortable with their own bodies
They are uncomfortable saying the words for private parts
They feel they may be sexualizing their children at an early age

These are all valid reasons, and we get!!! The thing is, all of those things that scare you are only going to make your child more vulnerable to a child predator. We want your child to be off limits/a hard target to a predator and this is why youNEED to change your thought process right now and realize you should be scared NOT to talk to your child about these thing!!!.

Child predators are looking for a child who is an “easy target” a child who:

Has NEVER been educated about their body
Whose Parents don’t talk to them about their body
Has been told to ALWAYS obey adults
Has NEVER been taught their private parts are private
Has NEVER been told their body belongs to them
Has NEVER been educated about good and bad secrets
Whose Parents are uncomfortable discussing all of these issues

We at the KidSafe Foundation are dedicated to educating parents about theNEED to talk to your children about these topics. If you don’t, trust us, a child predator is ready, willing and able to teach your child.  We know we sound harsh, we know we are scaring you, but our goal is to make your children off limits and a hard target to predators.

Our new book –
 My Body is Special and Belongs To ME! Teaches children through fun, beautiful pictures and rhyme that their bodies are special, their privates are meant just for them… as their body belongs only to them, secrets: good vs. bad, and how they can be the judge if a touch is safe or unsafe by how that touch makes them feel. If a touch makes them uncomfortable or confused (even if the touch feels “good” or the touch is given by someone they love) how to talk to another trusted adult about it.

We know that even if you give this book to your child to read…you the parent might still be uncomfortable. What if they ask me questions? What if they want to know more? What do I say? Our goal with this book was to give YOU the parents the language to have the conversation with your child in a comfortable and natural manner. That is why we wrote an extensive parent section that we ask you to read through before you even give or read the book with your child. We promise you… your questions will be answered.  We give you ways to feel more comfortable talking about these issues, we give you conversation starters and answers to typical questions children will ask to help you continue the learning this book has to offer.  If after reading our book through a few times and you still have questions (which we doubt…but if you do) email us at info@kidsafefoundation.org and ask us your questions and we will reply back to each and every one.

We feel so strongly about preventing children from abuse and we hope with our book My Body is Special and Belongs To ME! We can help prevent a child from being harmed.  All proceeds from our book go directly to our 501c3 nonprofit KidSafe Foundation to bring prevention education programs and materials to children and their families.

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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