The Kids in the Know root safety strategies are protective factors for kids to incorporate into their daily lives to increase their safety. These strategies use rhythm, rhyme, and repetition to increase children’s ability to recall the safety information, especially when faced with a difficult situation. Click here to learn more.
Children who go places alone are at greater risk of being harmed. The Buddy System helps children increase their safety by teaching them the important habit of staying with a buddy when going places. Click here to learn more.
Many dangerous situations for children involve some element of secrecy. Teaching your child the difference between Keep secrets and Speak secrets will increase the likelihood of your child disclosing if something inappropriate is happening. Click here to learn more.
Grooming techniques used by offenders often begin by breaking boundaries to normalize sexual activity between adults and children. Children who are aware of their own personal boundaries are more likely to recognize when someone is crossing a boundary, which in turn, reduces risk of being sexually exploited or abused. Click here to learn more.
The Internet is a very public space. Once information is shared online, an individual has no control of whether copies are forwarded, downloaded or reposted. Reinforcing this message with your child increases the chances that s/he will think twice before sharing personal information on the Internet. Click here to learn more.
In order to reduce the risk of an adolescent being sexually exploited, it is imperative that s/he learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. As teens mature and seek more intimate relationships, recognizing the difference between loving relationships versus controlling ones will increase their overall safety. Click here to learn more.