Your child will be participating in the Safer, Smarter Teens personal safety curriculum. Our 7th grade lessons schedule: October 24th and 26th directed by the counselor During October classroom guidance.
the next several weeks. The Safer, Smarter Teens curriculum was developed by me, Lauren Book, M.S.Ed., in collaboration with a developmental psychologist and career educators, to arm your child with the necessary skills to avoid sexual abuse and exploitation. It is age-appropriate and provides practical strategies to help teens protect themselves without being explicit or frightening.
Parents and other responsible adults want
to protect children from those who might harm
them, but no child can be supervised 24 hours
a day. Middle school students by nature want
to be more independent and fit in with their peer
group. The Safer, Smarter Teens curriculum will
teach your child ways that he or she can reduce
the likelihood of being abused and how to get
help if needed.
The curriculum is taught through six lessons that incorporate videos in which I review scenarios involving middle school students that cover our topic areas. The teacher then directs in-class discussions and activities, including small group work and journal prompts. Information is sent home to you after each lesson to build your background knowledge of the day’s topic, to provide you and your child the opportunity to extend the discussion further, and to allow for more individual attention to this important topic. This discussion also helps to keep the lines of communication open between you and your child, which is key to their safety. We want teens to recognize that:
- Building self-esteem increases responsible
behavior, including assisting others.
- Safe relationships involve a balance of power.
- Setting personal boundaries means they have
the right to say “no” to anything and anyone
that makes them feel uncomfortable.
- They need to have a few adults they trust
whom they can go to whenever a situation
makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.
- They can learn to recognize “red flags,” such
as secrets or threats, that may be warning
signs of unsafe situations.
The activities in the Safer, Smarter Teens
curriculum have been designed to meet existing
educational standards while imparting critical
personal safety information. If you have any
questions about the curriculum, please contact
your child’s teacher. You can learn more about
the curriculum by visiting SaferSmarterTeens.org.
Lauren Book, M.S.Ed.
Founder/CEO, Lauren’s Kids
ABOUT LAUREN’S KIDS: Lauren’s Kids was founded by child abuse survivor, prevention advocate, and elementary school educator Lauren Book. The organization educates adults and children about sexual abuse topics through an in-school curriculum and speaking engagements around the world. The goal of Lauren’s Kids is to create a world where the sexual abuse and exploitation of children is not tolerated. Lauren’s Kids is a designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Our 7th grade lessons schedule: October 24th and 26th directed by the counselor.
For more information visit, www.lee.k12.al.us; Guidance Programs, Erin’s Law. If you have questions, you may contact your child’s school counselors.
Seventh Grade Counselor,