Child Safety Puppeteers
The Child Safety Puppeteers program recruits and trains local high school students to perform educational puppet shows in elementary school classrooms countywide. The developmentally appropriate performances teach children how to recognize abuse, inappropriate touching, and bullying.
The puppet shows give children the skills they need to identify abuse if it occurs, articulate the issue with simple and accurate language, and find safe and appropriate adults who can help. This unique program is offered free of charge to thousands of students each year at local elementary schools.
The Puppeteers Safety Rules
Always Ask First
Children are told to ask a parent, or the person taking care of them, before leaving any area or before accepting a gift from anyone. Even if they know the person.
Say NO, then GO and TELL
Children can say NO to any touch that makes them uncomfortable. They should seek safety and tell a trusted adult as soon as possible about any situation that is uncomfortable or threatening. They need to keep telling until they feel heard.
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Children are told that no one should touch a child’s private parts except to keep them clean and healthy. No one should ask a child to touch their private parts for any reason.
Never Keep Secrets That Make You Feel Uncomfortable or Scared
Children should not be asked to keep secrets or to keep any threat secret.
Child Safety Puppeteers Online Program for Educators
To help prevent child abuse, it is important to make the subject of safe touches approachable and to teach children what touches are not okay – even if it is an uncomfortable subject to teach. The Child Safety Puppeteers (CSP) shows introduce the subject of safe and unsafe touches in kid-friendly terms and outline steps to take if they encounter unsafe touches and how to find help.
Our CSP Online Program makes it possible for any classroom nationwide to benefit from this program. The program packets consists of a teacher’s guide, video links on a user friendly platform, permission slips, coloring pages and more. Contact us at [email protected] if you are interested in this bringing this digital program to your classroom, we are happy to set you up with video access passcodes and tech support. Thank you.
Packets can be found by clicking the link below.
Puppet Show Scripts
Our puppet show scripts vary by grade level, first introducing concepts about personal safety to the youngest students and then reinforcing and expanding the subject material as appropriate in the ensuing grade levels.
Please feel free to read through the scripts so that you are aware of the material that will be presented to students and so you can be assured of its applicability and appropriateness.