ECHO’s “Transforming Our Communities” program provides education about child abuse prevention and is targeted for children and youth, youth-serving organizations, and any concerned adult. The program helps to empower the voices of children and seek to create a stronger and safer community. The objective of the youth curriculum is to provide both body & internet safety presentations K-12. It provides an opportunity to speak and engage with the children & youth about child abuse and how to feel safe.
Personal Body Safety (K-12)
GOALS: (1) Increases the child’s knowledge of sexual abuse concepts (2) Increases child’s ability to discriminate between appropriate and inappropriate touch (3) Increases behavioral and preventive skills. Children learn the following:
- Kids learn about body safety, body ownership, rethink stranger danger, good vs. bad touch, and be able to identify at least 2 trusted adults.
- Kids recognizing tricks, how to respond to strangers or trusted adults, self-affirmation, saying “NO!” and introduction into technology safety.
- Kids become more aware of offender ‘tricks’ or lures. Kids also learn how to feel good about the difference between secrets and surprises.
Technology Education Program (K-12)
GOALS: Inform children safe ways to use Smartphones, tablets, iPods, and personal computers and discuss potential risks to them. With technology training, the children will learn the following:
- Young children are just being introduced to ‘screens’ at this age, therefore, children will learn what the internet is, how to safely use a tablet, phone, or PC, and identify trusted adults. Kids pledge to be internet-safe.
- Children learn to recognize potential Internet risks and develop skills to be able to tell a trusted adult and build critical thinking skills. Lessons reinforced with safety pledges and take-home conversations.
- Children revisit online “fakes”, how/what to tell a trusted adult, and following “gut” instincts about what is appropriate and what is not. Also covered are what exactly is OK and NOT OK to share on the internet.