Teaching Students about Personal Safety – Our Commitment to Child Protection
In the second semester of the 2017/18 school year our ES Counselling Team, Ms Anissa Zotos and Mr Dylan Meikle, will be teaching a series of lessons on personal safety to all students from Discovery to Grade 5.
The series of lessons is entitled Being Body Smart, and one of the main goals of these sessions is to provide our children with knowledge and protective behaviours in regards to their body and their right to be safe. All Being Body Smart education is age-appropriate and non-threatening. Such education is designed to empower students and not to frighten them.
A typical series of lessons might look like:
Lesson 1: “By Body Belongs to Me” – being aware of and taking care of my body
Lesson 2: “Safe Touch” – understanding personal boundaries and how to keep yourself safe. These lessons have also focused on having ‘safe adults’ – a list of known and agreed upon adults who are trusted to keep your child safe.
Lesson 3: (Grades 3 and above): “Safe People” – students have been understanding how to keep themselves safe when they feel uncomfortable, and will have learned strategies for maximizing personal safety.
Additional resources for parents and children can be found at http://e2epublishing.info/ – an excellent site with many resources and ideas for parents.
Parents should also know that we have a wide range of books in our Social/Emotional Learning collection (SEL) in the school library. Subjects include stranger awareness, personal safety, safe touch /unsafe touch, puberty and reproduction, and personal hygiene. Please come visit our Library to browse and borrow, ask the library staff or counsellors to show you this section of resources.
As always, we thank you for your continued support as we create strong parent-school partnerships to educate our children.
Anissa and Dylan
Note: In Grade 3 and below the scientific names for body parts are not explicitly taught within the planned structure of the lessons. If, during discussion, students ask questions or begin to speak about private body parts the instructor will use only the correct terminology for the body parts being discussed. We encourage parents to use correct terminology with their children from a young age, because experts have determined that this helps de-stigmatize these parts of the body and help children to communicate accurately and with clarity about themselves. This contributes to the protection of children because they are more likely to be able to enact the protective behaviors taught during the Being Body Smart lessons with confidence, or speak clearly and precisely to trusted adults about any issues that may occur.