Bravehearts acclaimed personal safety program 'Ditto's Keep Safe Adventure' will educate, empower and protect a record number of children in 2016 with an increasing number of schools and child care centres playing a key role in prevention.
Last year the education program visited more than 107,000 children through six education teams across Australia, taking the total number of children educated to more than 550,000 since 2008.
The 40-minute live production is tailored for children aged from three to eight and effectively teaches strategies and skills to stay safe in a range of situations from bullying, sexual assault, cyber safety and domestic violence.
“Preventing child sexual assault starts with educating and empowering children with vital knowledge and skills to keep safe and encouraging teachers, carers, parents and other members of the community to play their part in creating child-safe environments,” says Bravehearts CEO Angelo Venardos.
“Since Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure was introduced it has really been embraced by schools and early learning centres which has given us a significant boost towards our commitment to reaching every Australian child with our child safety message.
“The beauty of the program is that the rules Ditto teaches children are incredibly simple and effective, making it easy for parents and carers to reinforce the safety messages at home in a non-confronting way.”
Bravehearts Vision is to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child by 2020 with its child safety blueprint The Three Piers to Prevention - Educate, Empower, Protect.
Ditto’s 5 Principles:
Based on Bravehearts’ Ditto Keep Safe Adventure program, the 5 basic principles we need to teach our children (remember: it’s never too early to sow the seeds of personal safety) are:
1) To trust their feelings and to distinguish between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings
2) To say ‘no’ to adults if they feel unsafe and unsure
3) That they own their own bodies
4) That nothing is so yucky that they can’t tell someone about it
5) That if they feel unsafe or unsure to run and tell someone they trust.
Would you like to talk to someone? Call Bravehearts information and support line on 1800 272 831.