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Reading List: Risk Prevention (Body Safety)
The following books are produced by Parenting Press and may be purchased by calling 800-992-6657
It's My Body (Age 3-5)
Lori Freeman. "Beginner book for talking about sexual assault."
Something Happened and I'm Scared to Tell. (age 3-7)
Patricia Kehoe. "With the help of a friendly lion, a young child sexual assault victim is able to talk about sexual abuse and regain self esteem."
Loving Touches. (Age 3-8)
Lori Freeman. "Teaches children how to ask for and give loving touches. Also learn how to respect their own bodies."
The Trouble with Secrets. (Age 3-8)
Karen Johnson. "Helps children distinguish between hurtful secrets and good surprises."
Telling Isn't Tattling. (Ages 4-12)
Kathryn Hammerseng. "Many children have trouble knowing the difference between telling and tattling. This book helps children learn when to tell an adult they need help and when to deal with problems themselves."
The following books may be found at your local bookstore or on-line.
It happens to BOYS too... (Ages 5-12)
Jane A.W.Satullo, MA, Robertta Eussell, Ph.D., and Pat A. Bradway; A very complete book that discusses types of touching, "private parts" secrets and when, who and how to tell. Produced by Rape Crisis Center for Berkshires Press, 18 Charles Street, Pittsfield M 01201.
A very Touching Book...for little people and big people.
Jan Hindman. Produced by AlexAndria Associates, 541-889-8938.
I Like You to Make Jokes With Me, But I Don't Want You To Touch Me.
Ellen Bass. "An empowering book for young children about saying "no" to unwanted touching." Produced by Lollipop Power Books/Carolina Wren Press.
When I Was Little Like You. (Ages 5-10)
Jane Porett. "a story about the author's childhood experiences with sexual abuse. Discusses various issues regarding abuse ranging from definitions and emotions to who you can tell if it happens."
Available from Amazon.com
Video Summary: Risk Prevention (Body Safety Program)
What Tadoo (Kindergarten-1st grades)
18 minutes, J. Gary Mitchell Film Company, 1-800-301-4050
A young boy visits an imaginary land where two frogs named What and Tadoo teach him how to protect himself and keep his body safe with the three basic rules, say no, get away and tell someone.
Yes, You Can Say No (2nd -3rd grades)
20 minutes, AIMS Media, 1-800-367-2467
Relates the story of a boy who is being sexually abused by his uncle, and how difficult it is for him to tell. Focus is put on being assertive and the importance of getting help if you are being touched.
When Should You Tell? (4 th , 5 th and 6 th grades)
22 minutes, Sunburst Communications, 1-888-803-3908
The candid film deals with the sexual abuse of a 5 th grade girl by her teenaged cousin. The story is narrated by the victim, and goes through her emotions, reactions and how important it is to tell if you are experiencing abuse.
Books and Workbooks: Primary Prevention
Healthy Relationships: A Violence Prevention Curriculum .
Men for Change, Oxford Press, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998
Teen Talk: Scenarios for Discussions about Problem Solving, Decision Making, Relationship Building, Help Seeking and Communication.
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Renton, WA, 1992
Violence Prevention Skills, Lessons and Activities for Secondary Students.
The Center for Applied Research in Education, West Nyack NY, 1998
The Teen Relationship Workbook.
Wellness Reproductions and Publishing, Plainview NY, 2001
Life Management Skills.
Wellness Reproductions and Publishing, Plainview NY, 1996
Real Boys Workbook.
William S. Pollock, Ph.D., Villard Publishing, NY, NY, 2001
Sex Without Consent: Peer Education Training for Secondary Schools .
Toby B. Simon & Katherine A. Harris, Learning Publications, Inc., Holmes Beach, FL, 1993
Responding to Hate at Schools: a Guide for Teachers, Counselors and Administrators.
Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery AL, 1999
Inside the Criminal Mind.
Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D., Times Books, NY, NY, 1984
Teen People , YM, Seventeen, Cosmo Girl, Bop, Tiger Beat, In Style, Maxim, Stuff, FHM, Rolling Stone, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vanity Fair, Jane
Helpful websites are listed below for dealing with questions abut the Internet. The Internet causes major concern for parents because of the many different areas your child can be granted access to that are NOT age appropriate.
Ways to keep your child safe:
1. Be there with your child ...explore the Internet together and be aware of what they are viewing.
2. Share your values... let your child know which topics are and are not age-appropriate to explore on the Internet.
3. Have discussions... be open with your child and show interest in what they like and want to learn about.
4. Set limits... give your child certain time limits on the Internet so they can enjoy other activities as well.
5. Placement of computers... put the family computer somewhere in the house so that you can monitor what is being viewed by your child.
6. Personal information... explain to your child that they should never give out personal information over the computer---no address, phone number, full name or photos!
7. www.myspace.com... every parent should log onto this website and decide for themselves if they want their child to use the site as a way to chat with or make new friends.
Website to help parents with Internet safety: