The Body Safety Program is created for early childhood through fourth-grade students. The program is age appropriate to educate children on body ownership, boundaries, and what they can do if someone breaks their body safety rule. The Body Safety Program encourages children to talk to a trusted adult when they need help.
- Learn The Body Safety Rule
- Identify The Body Safety Steps
The research-based program is developed from Sandy Wurtele’s Body Safety Training, with best practices recognized by experts in the field of child sexual abuse.
In the Classroom
The Body Safety Program is age appropriate to educate children on body ownership, boundaries, and what they can do if someone breaks their body safety rule. The Body Safety Program encourages children to talk to a trusted adult when they need help.
The Body Safety Rule is introduced like any other safety rule. This rule gives a child ownership of their body. The only exceptions are if my private body parts are hurt, or I need help.
The Body Safety Steps are taught to help a child take action to protect themselves in unsafe situations or events.
- Practice saying “NO!” in a strong voice
- Talk about places we feel safe
- Name your trusted adults
Books for Children:
Some Parts are Not for Sharing
Julie K. Federico (For ages 6 months+)
My Body Belongs to Me
Jill Starishevsky (For ages 3-8)
Books for Adults:
Off Limits: A Parent's Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse
By Sandy K. Wurtele
Body Safety Education: A parents' guide to protecting kids from sexual abuse
By Ms Jayneen Sanders
The Sex-wise Parent: The Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Kids About Sex, Abuse, and Bullying
By Janet Rosenzweig
Websites to visit:
Prevention Tips for Parents
- Knowing correct names for private body parts gives children the language to tell.
- Tell children no one should look at or touch their private body parts unless they are asking for help.
- Let your child know it’s ok to say “no” to anyone if they are making them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
- Be involved. Don't be afraid to ask questions of other adults caring for your child.
- Establish a “No Secrets” rule with your child and anyone who cares for your child. (Explain "secrets" versus "surprises")
- Talk to your child every day and take time to really listen and observe.