Play it Safe!™
The goal of Play it Safe!™ is to help children recognize, react to, and report dangerous situations. Play it Safe!™ is an evidence informed, research-based, and age-appropriate child sexual and physical abuse prevention program for kindergarten through middle school age students.
Presentations are classroom-based so that
children are in a familiar environment and feel comfortable enough to interact with the trainer. Each presentation lasts approximately one hour and includes an age appropriate script followed by a 10-20 minute movie.
This curriculum is age-appropriate and grade specific with children being taught new information as they mature. It is suggested that children be exposed to the program each year to reinforce concepts and ideas in a consistent manner. Each grade level is introduced to the “safety rule,” and the “safety rule” is taught by using stories and scenarios that children may encounter on a daily basis, such as bullies, peer pressure or exploitation by friends/family. The “safety rule” encourages assertive responses, whether it is used with strangers or someone the child knows.
Children are also taught about different types of touching. Students will hear stories related to the different types of touch and then learn to apply the “safety rule” to these touching situations. Decision-making skills and assertive responses are taught at each grade level. In addition, children learn that touching problems can happen with strangers, acquaintances, friends, and family members.
Child abuse prevention programs are certainly not the complete answer to the problem of child abuse and exploitation, but they provide a piece of a more comprehensive community approach.
Last year, 7,833 children participated in Play it Safe!™ community education programs throughout Smith County! Contact the Director of Community Education, Rubyth@cacsmithcounty.org, to schedule training and/or a speaker for your business, community organization, day care or church group.