Teachable Safety Skills for Medical Professionals

Course Description

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.

Learning Objectives

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 medical professionals can watch for in their interactions with families.

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