Body Safety Skills For Kids by Jayneen Sanders
Jayneen Sanders, author of “Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept” offers a simple curriculum to teach kids how to protect their own bodily integrity.
We teach water safety and road safety to our children, but too often ‘body safety’ is left in the ‘too-hard basket’. And yes, it is a difficult topic to discuss with our children but that is not a good reason why we should not broach this subject. With 1 in 4 girls and I in 7 boys sexually interfered with before they reach the age of 18 (Australian Institute of Criminology 2004) we need to most definitely teach our children body safety from as young as 2.5 years old. And with 93% of the perpetrators known to victims of sexual abuse, we need to make sure children know their rights and that their body is their body and no-one has the right to touch it inappropriately. Below are 9 body safety skills you can cover with your child. Let’s all work together to keep our children safe. Forewarned is forearmed!
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