What is Personal Safety Education – Children brainstorm the many safety rules they already follow and are introduced to the concept of “Me” safety.
Using your Safety Voice – Children learn how to use their voice to keep their friends and themselves safe. Children learn the difference between tattling and reporting. These concepts are taught via activities, discussion and role play.
Staying close to your trusted adult (Buddy System) Children learn the importance of staying close to trusted adult to stay safe. Children are taught a safety song and role play various situations in which they need to use their Safety Voice to explain to a grown-up or friend that the safest and smartest choice is to stick close to a grown-up.
– Check First – Children are taught the concept of Checking First with a grown-up before doing most things. This lesson is taught through discussion, song and role play.
– Safe and Unsafe Touch – KidSafe teaches the importance of recognizing how certain touches make you feel. The children brainstorm feelings of a safe touch and feelings of an unsafe touch. They are introduced to the concept of private parts – all of the parts of one’s body covered by a bathing suit and it is reinforced with the children that no one should be touching or looking at their private parts and they should not be touching or looking at anyone else’s private parts. This lesson includes defining privacy and examples of when checking or helping with a child’s private parts is appropriate. Teacher reads the KidSafe book – My Body is Special and Belongs to Me! to empower and teach students that they are special and their bodies belong to them and reinforcing the concepts they have learned – including reinforcing using one’s Safety Voice and Reporting.
– Circle of Safe Adults/ Secrets – Children are introduced to the concept of trusted adults – the grown-ups they can talk to about anything positive or negative. In the lesson children draw their safe/trusted adults, label them and bring the activity home to review with their grown-ups. The concept of secrets is introduced- helping the children to discern the difference between a good secret and a bad secret and when it would be appropriate to report a secret to a grown up in their Circle of Safe Adults. As we build on skills the children are again reinforcing the difference between tattling and reporting.
Yell “No!” Run and Tell & 5 Step Back Rule – This lesson is an introduction to abduction prevention. children learn through discussion and role play that adults they do not know should not be asking children for help – they should be asking other adults. Children learn how to use a strong, assertive voice and respond quickly to report to a trusted adult. Students are taught they have the right to Yell “No!” and Run and Tell their trusted adult. Through role play students learn to pay attention to their surroundings and their personal space and if someone gets too close to them they have the right to take 5 steps back.
Graduation – An invitation is sent home to parents inviting them to the last lesson. In this lesson the KidSafe teacher provides a review of the 8 lessons, children sing the two safety songs for the guests and have story time from the KidSafe book – Jack Teaches His Friends to be KidSafe. All children then receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for completing KidSafe.
Introduction to Personal Safety – Students brainstorm all aspects of personal safety through teacher guided activity. Through this activity students are introduced to the concept of personal safety and the KidSafe Key Concepts and goals for the 8 week program. A student is asked to make a KidSafe Note Box – which students can place questions, tell stories anonymously, or share thoughts – which will be checked weekly by the KidSafe teacher and answered appropriately. Pre-test is given to assess students’ knowledge base about personal safety.
Teaching Assertiveness Skills – Students learn how to recognize their Safety Voice through discussion and role play. The awareness of their intuition, assertive voice and making choices is the thread which runs through all of the lessons. The difference between a passive, assertive and aggressive response is demonstrated through role play – and the value of using an assertive voice is reinforced. Role play scenarios throughout the program cover various topics including bullying, peer pressure, issues with friends, abuse prevention, internet safety etc.
Trusted Adults and Circle of Safe Adults – Students discuss different places and situations they need to stay close to a grown-up or peer to keep themselves safe. Student’s role play various situations in which they need to be assertive with a friend or grown- up. Circle of Safe Adults is emphasized discussing accessible adults outside the home students may seek out for help. Students role play “how” to access help and homework is to go home and discuss the people they have chosen with their grown-up/guardian.
Plan of Action/Check First – Students learn how having a Plan of Action for doing certain things can help make them feel safe and more confident in making safer and smarter choices. Students role play staying home alone and other situations in which the safest choice would be to check first with an adult. Students are presented with real life situations in which they work collaboratively to problem solve the various solutions to making the safest choice.
Plan of Action/Internet Safety – KidSafe emphasizes the need to use of all of the KidSafe Key Concepts in the ‘real world’ and online. A number of key safety issues are taught and students also have an opportunity to share their everyday experiences – which are then used in role playing. Cyber bullying, texting, social media are all covered. KidSafe teachers discuss the safest and smartest ways to stay safe online and students are given an Internet Safety Contract to take home and share with their guardians.
Body Boundaries – This lesson is to empower students that their bodies belong to them and they have right to keep themselves safe. Students discuss Safe and Unsafe touch and what to do if they get a touch that is confusing or if they feel pressure to keep an unsafe secret. This lesson is done with the KidSafe teacher sharing a few stories and the children processing the many thoughts, feelings and choices the characters in the story need to make along the way.
Abduction Prevention – Students learn through role play how to be more aware of their personal space and surroundings. The concept that adults they do not know should not be asking them for help (or any other requests) is emphasized – covering many of the common lures used. Students learn how to Yell “No!” get away and report what occurred to a trusted adult. Students practice appropriate times to use the 5 step back rule. In our parent seminar we stress that a child who is told to ALWAYS obey adults is more vulnerable to a predator and teaching students that there are times when they DO NOT have to listen to an adult is imperative to their personal safety.
Review of all lessons – Games/Activities are played to reinforce students’ retention and use of KidSafe skills in problem solving as well as a post test is administered. Each student receives a Certificate of Accomplishment.