Personal Body Safety Workshops

We offer prevention programs for students in grades K through 5. These are school-based workshops conducted in the classroom with teachers and guidance counselors present.

Kindergarten

Animal puppets present a story that utilizes personal body safety through safety rules about touching. Children learn about good, hurtful and confusing touches, that touches in the private areas are only to keep them clean and healthy, and that keeping clean and healthy is never a secret. Emphasis is on touches in the private areas never being secret and getting help from a trusted grown-up if they are ever hurt or scared.

Grades 1 & 2

After an introduction to personal body safety that covers the safety rules about touching, child puppets present a fun show designed to help children relate to the characters. When one of the puppets begins to display some distress and eventually discloses inappropriate touching or behaviors by another person, the children are asked to help solve the problem. The solution is always to tell a trusted grown-up such as a parent. An adult puppet enters and the children help the distressed character tell his/her story. The adult remains calm and reassures the child they did the right thing by telling. Emphasis is on touches in the private areas never being secret, and getting help from a trusted grown-up if they are ever hurt or scared.

Grade 3 (and sometimes 4)

After an introduction to personal body safety that covers touching safety rules, child puppets present a fun show designed to help children relate to the characters. When one of the puppets begins to display some distress and eventually discloses inappropriate behavior of another child or older person, the children are asked to help problem solve about what can be done. At this age we also include a discussion of instincts, examining the signals that our bodies give us that we are nervous, upset or anxious. We explain that they are like an alarm system, telling us something isn't right. As with earlier grades, emphasis is on touches in the private areas never being secret, and getting help from a trusted grown-up if they are ever hurt or scared.

Grade 4

After an introduction to personal body safety that covers the touching safety rules, a story is told about a 4th grade girl named Carla. The children then help brainstorm ways for Carla to deal with her uncomfortable situation.

Grade 5

After an introduction on personal body safety that touches briefly on the touching safety rules and new rules they might have for using the internet, students are told a true story. They then help brainstorm solutions for the main character. Our main focus is on trusting your instincts and talking to a trusted grown up if something makes you feel uncomfortable.

If You Need Help

Call our 24-hour toll-free crisis hotline:
(888) 747-7070

or (603) 436-1627.

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SASS Educators Erica Skoglund and Emily Murphy award Ryan Hervey of the Chamberlain Street School in Rochester the 2013 Safe Kids Strong Teens T-shirt design winner. Ryan is pictured with parents Theresa & Allan Hervey and grandmother Mary at the ceremony.