Here’s my response…
I’m proud to share my recent interview with Anya Manes —talktokidsaboutsexseries.com —
It is not a matter of if your child will see pornography, it is a matter of when. We know that viewing pornography can have long-term impacts on children. In this workshop we will discuss why kids go to porn, what websites they are most likely to access, what happens in the brain when they view pornography, potential for addiction, etc. A hands on activity that you can share with your child/teen will be provided as well as educational videos you can share with them at home.
This workshop is for any parent twith a child who is accessing on-line apps, games, you-tube, snap-chat, etc.
$25 payment accepted via PAY PAL, etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, cash, cheque or VISA (Square payment)
Only 20 spots available.
Have a look at my teaser video.
The B.C. Ministry of Education has implemented new curricula for K-3 Physical and Health Education.
In K-1 students are expected to know:
- names for body parts, including male and female private parts
- appropriate and inappropriate touch
- hazards/unsafe situations
- caring behaviours
- reliable sources of information
In Grade 2 students are expected to know:
- K/1 content +
- strategies for accessing health information
- strategies/skills to use in hazardous/unsafe situations
- managing/expressing emotions
In Grade 3 students are expected to know:
- K/1/2 content +
- nature/consequences of bullying
- relationship between worry and fear
For more detailed information please consult the Ministry website.
One of the many ways that our children engage with the world is through play dates with other children. Safety begins with some simple rules:
-play with clothes on
-no touching of private parts
-no photos of private parts
-you are allowed privacy when bathing, dressing, using the toilet
-you have permission to say ‘no’
-we don’t keep secrets; if someone tells you to keep a secret tell an adult.
Here are some questions that you can ask your child to engage in a “safety conversation”*
after a play date or party:
-Did you enjoy yourself?
-How did you spend your time?
-What was your favourite part of the play date/party?
-What was the least favourite part?
-Did you feel safe?
-Was there anything else you wanted to share?
This kind of debrief enables your child to share the good things about the play date, and may help them to tell you if something unwanted did happen.
*adapted from Body Smart: Right from the Start, by Kerri Isham (2016)
I’m very excited and proud about my latest book, Body Smart: Right from the Start. It’s my second publication and focuses on abuse prevention in Kindergarten to Grade 3 aged children.
You can buy a copy here.
I’m also very grateful for the continued support of my local Shaw station. Thank you for supporting the work that I do to make our community a safer place for our young people.
Watch the Shaw TV interview.
There are many important reasons to begin teaching your children about sexual health early. It is the foundation for the development of positive attitudes about sexuality. Children are naturally curious and your willingness to discuss age-appropriate material builds trust and open communication. The building blocks of healthy adult sexuality begins in childhood with trusted adults.
Children gain control of their world by naming it. With each new word, the child grows in understanding and power. Learning the correct names and functions of private body parts enables a child to talk and ask questions about them. Accurate, age-appropriate information is vital to helping a child prepare for adolescence and adulthood.
Your open and honest discussions are a way for you to connect with your children and teach them family values, rather than school-yard ones. Starting early has also been proven to increase abuse resistance, reduce anxiety and make children more likely to report abuse, injuries and see a doctor in the future.