Cristin DeRonja, director of SAFEchild's Advocacy Center, returns to talk about the agency's program for first graders called Funny Tummy Feelings.
The program, which serves more than 6,500 first graders in Wake County each year, teaches kids skills that they need to protect themselves from physical and sexual abuse. It's worth noting that more than 90 percent of children know their abusers.
There are four main messages, according to SAFEchild's website. The program teaches kids to:
- Listen to and trust what your body is telling you about your feelings.
- If someone tells you a secret, you make a decision about whether or not to keep the secret.
- Special people can help you if you talk to them.
- You have a right to say no, even to a grown-up, if being asked to do something that makes you feel unpleasant or could be harmful to you or someone else.
"We believe that parents are the ones who are responsible for taking care of their children and protecting their children," DeRonja tells me. "But we also know that children ... need to know how to protect themselves."
For more information, watch my video interview with DeRonja. Check the box above for more about SAFEchild and the programs that it offers for parents, children and families and another tip from DeRonja. And go to SAFEchild's website to learn more.
DeRonja will be back next Wednesday with more information.