Archdiocesan Child Safety Training for Freshmen
- To provide information at an age-appropriate level to make adolescents aware of the concepts of safe touch vs. inappropriate touch.
- To stress the concept that our bodies belong to God and that we must treat them with respect and protect them from harm to the extent we are able.
- To encourage adolescents to make choices that are most likely to help keep themselves safe and healthy. In some areas of their lives, adolescents are capable of making some decisions that lessen their vulnerability to inappropriate or unsafe touching.
- To provide information in regard to:
a. Having and recognizing good boundaries both in real life and online.
b. Good touch/bad touch and recognizing how uncomfortable we feel when inappropriate touching occurs.
c. How to say NO and be able to get away from bad situations.
d. How to report concerns to a safe adult.
- To provide a lesson plan that can be formatted for a one class period discussion.
- To focus on safety, rather than on sexuality.
This program is designated to help adolescents identify situations or events that do not feel safe to them. Many times adolescents (and even adults) fail to recognize the danger of being in situations with someone who is not being appropriate, because they fail to listen to their own sense of what is wrong. This is why this program is strongly focused on helping adolescents to recognize events and feelings that alert them to situations that may not be right.
This program is not intended to evoke a discussion about abuse that a student has experienced. This program is also not intended as sex education. Teachers of the program should feel free to stop any comments from students that are inappropriate for the context of this program and redirect the students toward the program content, which focuses on safety, rather than sexuality.