Monday, March 11, 2013

Take Charge of Your Body

 

Last week, all Hansen classrooms had a presentation called Take Charge of Your Body, which is sponsored by the Family & Children's Council.  

This is a sexual abuse prevention program where trained volunteers teach safety information regarding good touches, bad touches, and confusing touches, including what to do if anyone is ever in a situation where they are being touched in a hurtful or uncomfortable way.  Students learned the three step safety plan; 1) say "no" to unwanted touches, 2) leave as soon as you can, and 3) tell an adult you trust.  Students were also told that if someone touches them in an uncomfortable way, it is not their fault.  Most lessons were accompanied by a video which reinforced the safety plan.

Now is a great time to follow up with your kiddos about what they learned during the Take Charge of Your Body lesson.  Encourage them to ask questions and remind them that they can always come to you any time they are feeling uncomfortable because you will be there to help them.  For more tips on preventing child sexual abuse, check out the blog post just prior to this one called Preventing Child Sexual Abuse.

I also wanted to let you know that something surfaced during this year's program that could affect a lot of families.  I heard reports that some students playing Minecraft online with unknown people have read inappropriate texts of a sexual nature regarding the children playing the game.  (I called all parents of kids affected by this if I was aware of it.)  Obviously, this is scary, and it's an important reminder that we all need to be vigilant about what our children are doing online.  Also, we need to teach students not to delete inappropriate posts but to show them to an adult who can help.  Such information can be turned over to the police for an investigation.  Unfortunately, there are people out there who use the internet to make inappropriate contact with children, and the sooner we stop them, the better.

Thanks for supporting this important program.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to let me know.