My award-winning book, What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers, is a good resource for keeping children safe. The book empowers children to take a proactive role in staying safe from abduction, exploitation, abuse, or predator harm.
It explains the concept of “stranger” to children in a very reassuring way. The book explains to children a categorizing system for determing who their safe adults are and around whom they need to exercise caution.
What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers provides an interactive chapter of 20 risky scenarios that children could face with a potential abductor or anyone who may intend to exploit or abuse them in any way. The children must choose which option is the safest option in each of the scenarios. Then the book goes on to explain the correct choices and why they are the safest choices.
In addition, the book addresses the subject of good touch and bad touch. It presents the acronym, C.A.T. (Caution, Action, Tell). The book strongly emphasizes the importance of children telling one of their safe adults anytime anything scary, threatening, or anthing that makes them feel weird or uncomfortable happens to them.
The book includes a chapter of puzzles and games that reinforce the lessons learned. In addition, the book includes a chapter for parents, teachers and other child caregivers that provides strategies and resources for helping caregivers to keep their children safe and for educating their children to take a pro-active role in staying safe.
By: Melissa Ridenour
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