The program’s main goal is to educate children about what to do when confronted with abusive behavior, safe and unsafe touches, going to a parent or another trusted adult if they are confronted in an unsafe situation, and that it is not their fault. An “Unsafe Touch” is defined as touching private parts of the body that are covered by a bathing suit. Stranger safety, Internet safety and other situations are also presented.
The program has been developed and scripted by child advocates, therapists, and national scholars and tested at various stages of development with students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and experts in the field of child abuse.
Download by Grade Bundle
Grades K-3 Lessons 1-4
Grades 4-6 Lesson 1-5
Download by Individual Lesson
Grades K-3 Lesson 1a
Grades K-3 Lesson 1b
Grades K-3 Lesson 2a
Grades K-3 Lesson 2b
Grades K-3 Lesson 3
Grades K-3 Lesson 4
Grades 4-6 Lesson 1
Grades 4-6 Lesson 2
Grades 4-6 Lesson 3
Grades 4-6 Lesson 4
Grades 4-6 Lesson 5
When confronted with an abusive situation, where one or more of the “Protect Yourself Rules” come into play, we hope children will recall the “Protect Yourself Rule” icons and get away as quickly as possible. If they can’t get away, they should make a scene or defend themselves however they can. If children have evidence of abuse or if abuse happens to them, they should always tell a trusted adult as soon as they can. If children only watch 1 lesson, the controlling summary should still be evident. Children have the right to privacy, safety, and well-being.
The animated narratives are designed to open the channels of communication and create a safe environment for continued discussion. The videos come with age and grade appropriate ancillary learning materials and printable extension lessons, produced to reinforce the animated lessons with the goal of developing a fundamental understanding of the initiative’s core intentions (the “Protect Yourself Rules”) and preventative/intervening “actions.” These intentions are compartmentalized as memorable pop-up graphics and ingrained through repetition in the animations. Only after the fundamentals of a discipline are mastered can critical split-second decisions be made.
If Confronted with a Revelation:
In showing these videos, you may be confronted with a child who is for the first time revealing that an abusive situation has occurred or is currently involved in a suspected child abuse situation. All states require teachers, after-school providers, school counselors, and others to be mandated reporters of suspected child maltreatment. It is not the job of the mandated reporter to determine whether the allegations are valid……just file a report!
If child abuse or neglect is reasonably suspected, or if a child shares information with a mandated reporter leading him/her to believe abuse or neglect has taken place, the report must be made.
The following tools are available should you be confronted with a child revealing suspected abuse, and signs and symptoms of child abuse.
National/State Child abuse identification and reporting laws:
BSCC – Signs and symptoms of abuse: