Teaching Students about Personal Safety – Our Commitment to Child Safeguarding

During the 2019/2020 school year our ES Counselling Team, Ms Kris Bezzerides and Mr Dylan Meikle, will teach a series of lessons on body safety to all students from Discovery to Grade 5. 

The series of lessons is entitled Being Body Smart, and a central goal 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. 

In Grade 5, counselling lessons have included important topics such as:

  • Peer pressure
  • Effective interpersonal communication styles 
  • Understanding the concept of consent
  • Relational aggression

In the coming weeks we will be using the well-regarded Second Step Programme (https://www.secondstep.org) to introduce personal safety and child protection content. 

Additional resources for parents and children can be found at http://e2epublishing.info/ – a site with many resources and ideas for parents. The counsellors use some of the books on this site as read-alouds to help anchor class conversations and learning. 

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, 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.

Warmly,

Dylan Meikle

ES Counsellor Grade 3-5


Note: In the UNIS Elementary School the scientific names for body parts are taught or used within the planned structure of some lessons. We encourage parents to use correct body 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 should any issues occur.

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