“Our Kids Are Not For Sale”

Something is happening in Florida…something very dangerous, very wrong, and it involves our children and youth. Child sex trafficking – the very phrase makes people tend to look the other way and believe their children could never be victimized by such crimes. Yet these crimes are happening in our own communities and to our own children. Our kids are not for sale – and the more we understand this world of child sex trafficking, the better we can prevent it. Here are the facts:
Here are a few important facts to keep in mind about child sex trafficking:

Up to 300,000 American children are lured into the commercial sex trade every year.
The average age a child is trafficked is just 11 years old.
90% of child sex traffic victims have a sexual abuse history.

With these alarming statistics, where do we begin in the battle to keep our children safe from trafficking?  Since 90% of child sex traffic victims have a sexual abuse history, doesn’t it make sense that we safeguard all children with education and knowledge at an early age so they never become abuse victims in the first place?

Prevention education is key. Children are educated about fire safety, and pool safety.  They learn to call 911 in emergencies. They are taught about stranger danger. But what are we teaching them about adults in their lives who may intend to harm them? Often, we teach them to trust and obey the very adults who end up abusing or exploiting them.stop_the_abuse

KidSafe Foundation is one such organization that provides prevention education to children, parents, teachers, and other care-taking adults. With the teaching approach of fun, not fear, children ages 4-11 learn the important concepts of safe touch/unsafe touch, circle of safe adults, check first, and a host of other critical life safety skills. The adults in their lives also receive training on how to speak to the children in a language of safety that is comfortable, age-appropriate and consistent. This adult component of the training is crucial – is it fair to place all the responsibility of safety and prevention on our kids? How can we expect them to speak up when many adults aren’t comfortable or aren’t quite sure how to advocate for these children? It is our responsibility as adults to protect children in every way possible, and education is the first step.

Imagine if every child in this country received some kind of prevention education like this? Now imagine someone trying to lure a KidSafe-educated teen. This teen would understand red flag signals, a safety voice, and talking with someone in his or her circle of safe adults. Even a little hesitation on a child’s part could dissuade a trafficker from pursuing him or her.

We all need to send a strong message to people everywhere – our kids are not for sale! We care, and we will do everything in our power to protect them. Come hear KidSafe speak on November 14, 2015 at PTA Health & Wellness Summit.  For more information about KidSafe www.kidsafefoundation.org

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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