Preschool Diaries“I can protect myself!” – Our Preschoolers Pick Up Body Safety Skills

April 2, 2019
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With the rise of sexual abuse cases involving children reported in the media, one of the greatest worries of parents today revolve around the safety of their children – and whether they are able to respond and call for help when encountering such situations. So when the team at MindChamps PreSchool @ Buona Vista shared...

With the rise of sexual abuse cases involving children reported in the media, one of the greatest worries of parents today revolve around the safety of their children – and whether they are able to respond and call for help when encountering such situations.

So when the team at MindChamps PreSchool @ Buona Vista shared their plans to organise a body safety skills programme together with the Singapore Children’s Society for the K2 children, they received a resounding ‘Yes!’ from the parents.

According to Ms Sharon Won, Centre Principal of MindChamps PreSchool @ Buona Vista, as parents of the K2 preschoolers agreed that young children and teens are more vulnerable and less resilient towards inappropriate touches, they expressed their interest for their children to be aware of the possible dangers of sexual predators and paedophiles, and to learn the various ways to cope with them.

KidzLive: I Can Protect Myself

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Our K2 preschooler learning to look out for inappropriate actions and behaviour.

An exclusive session conducted by the Singapore Children’s Society, the KidzLive programme empowers our K2 preschoolers to protect themselves from sexual abuse through child-appropriate and interactive activities.

From stories and songs to a group discussion, our preschoolers learned about the anatomy of their bodies and how to take care of themselves. They also went through the basics of differentiating between good and bad touches, and were taught to tell a trusted adult if they had been touched inappropriately.

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Thoughts from our teachers and children

Some of our teachers and K2 children came forward to share their views on the session.

Wu Laoshi who teaches Chinese to the K2 children at MindChamps PreSchool @ Buona Vista thought that the session was very well planned and executed – and that it was very relevant for the children under her care, with this being their final year in preschool.

“The programme specialist was very tactful in her sharing and delivery. She was mindful about addressing the sensitive content and engaged the children meaningfully through songs and scenario depictions that allowed them to demonstrate what they have learnt.

There was no foul play among the children and they were able to resonate with the various way in which they can protect themselves from inappropriate touches. Well done to all of them!

Programmes like this are very useful, especially for K2 children who will be transiting from preschool to primary school in the coming months. Soon, they will be exposed to a greater community of people around them, so it is important for them to learn to protect themselves.”

And here’s what one of our K2 Champs had to say about the session:

“I feel good about the programme. I learned that I can protect myself by – Saying No, Walk Out and Tell a Trusted Adult!”

Read also: 4 Ways Our Teachers at MindChamps Buona Vista Help to Transit Your Child from Infant Care to Playgroup

MindChamps PreSchool @ Buona Vista believes in working closely with parents throughout their children’s preschool learning journey. There will be more of such activities and events coming up throughout the year – so do keep a lookout for updates on these.

Written by Justina Goh

 

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