The Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County presents a Child Safety Program yearly in Dickinson ISD. This Program empowers children to have a voice in an effort to help prevent them from becoming a victim of abuse, identify safe adults, and teach them about overall personal safety. Texas Education Code states that schools provide child abuse anti-victimization programs. To read the Education Code: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/ED/htm/ED.38.htm#38.004
PREVENTION PROGRAM 1: AGES 3YRS-KINDERGARTEN-P.S. HAPPY BEAR
Our very friendly Happy Bear comes to visit schools with an instructor and together they teach a personal safety curriculum called P.S. It’s My Body! In this curriculum, children beginning at preschool age and used most often until 1st grade, are taught about welcome and unwelcome touches, saying No!, moving away and telling a trusted adult and they identify who these people are in their lives!
PREVENTION PROGRAM 2: FOR 1ST GRADE-7TH GRADE
For the children in 1st Grade-7th Grade, we utilize the Play it Safe!® is a child abuse awareness and prevention program that incorporates age-appropriate scripts and movies to teach children how to reduce their risk of sexual and physical abuse, and sexual assault. It teaches them to recognize potentially abusive behavior, provides the tools to respond to threatening situations, and encourages them to report abuse to a trusted adult.
Play it Safe!® is an evidence-informed, age-appropriate risk reduction program for Pre-K through high school age students. Since 1983, more than 1.5 million children in north Texas have learned about personal safety from The Women’s Center’s Play it Safe!® program. Each grade level’s interactive curriculum speaks to children in a way that they can best learn and respond.
To find out more information about the Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County please visit their website.