Young children need help to develop understanding of their feelings and how to react if they feel uncomfortable or threatened. SSF firmly believes that children’s vulnerability is reduced by raising awareness with families and communities, in conjunction with providing children with resources of their own that they can use in a difficult situation.
We deliver a set of three interactive puppet workshops in nurseries for all children in Highland in their pre-school year, linking to Curriculum for Excellence outcomes. Covering the topics of bullying, strangers and secrets, they are usually held a week apart and last 30 – 40 minutes. Each child takes a storybook home after each workshop. Our key messages are repeated in the storybooks, enabling families to reinforce them at home.
Our pre-school workshops:
We teach the children that bullying is when someone says are does something that makes them feel sad or scared. We teach them how to stay safe if someone bullies them: Say No! in a strong, confident voice, ask a friend or help, and to tell a safe grown up if it doesn’t stop.
Looks at how to stay safe if a child is not accompanied by an adult and a stranger approaches them. SSF emphasises that “a stranger is someone you don’t know” and that you must “run, yell and tell”.
How to stay safe if someone asks you to keep a kiss, cuddle or touch secret. The main message is “your body belongs to you; and you never keep a kiss, cuddle or touch a secret”.