The workshop uses current research to help the audience move past many of the myths that are repeated in this sound bite topic and into actual facts. This presentation focuses on what works when talking to children and teens about personal safety. In the last twenty years, the research has helped us move away from HOW a child knows a person and instead focuses on how the person makes the child feel. Knowing that the people the child already knows provide the greatest risk for abduction and abuse, our safety messages zoom in on BEHAVIOR and not RELATIONSHIP. We teach the Uh-Oh Feeling, What-If Games, Bystander to Hero, and the importance of Protecting Your Online Footprint.
1. Dismantle the myths that commonly surround personal safety for children including the Stranger Danger myth.
2. Identify reasons that personal safety education should INCREASE at puberty instead of decrease.
3. Provide examples of warning signs of child maltreatment that Hygienists can watch for in their interactions with families
Zero Abuse Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to the elimination of child sexual abuse. Our programs are designed to provide training and education to professionals and students, and to help transform institutions to effectively prevent, recognize and respond to child sexual abuse.