Why does this need to be taught in schools, isn't this the parents responsibility? It's true that it's not a school's responsibility - it's A schools opportunity, an opportunity to help a child that may not be getting the help they need at home for whatever reason. Studies show the 2nd most disclosed to person after a parent, is a teacher. The research shows that school based interventional education is very effective in stopping and curtailing child abuse. Collectively Magenu has spent thousands of hours to create the first research-backed comprehensive program for Jewish CSA prevention. This includes multiple avenues - training given to school faculty, teachers, and principals on how to create a safe environment. The teacher training consists of important information regarding; Mandated reporting- How who and when. Policies and procedures for keeping staff safe and above board. Instructions on how to handle a disclosure(it's not so simple), should a child open up to a staff member. How to spot red-flags and help a child who may be going through something.[For school's we also developed a curriculum to be taught to children Nursery-8th grade (annually)]
Communication, structure, and some more communication - are the key to keeping your children safe. The parent Workshop is a wellspring of knowledge of not only the real numbers and, unfortunately, how common abuse is, but the concrete steps we can take to stop it from occurring. It goes through rules and procedures parents can put in place to keep their children safer, and the tools and times best suited for communication about body safety. We teach them the do's and don'ts of handling a disclosure, and the balance with which this whole subject should be approached so children are safe but not scared into becoming paranoid and anxious.
Children need to be heard. The most important thing for keeping children safe is them knowing they are cared for, seen, and heard and that their feelings matter. The "Be a Star" system teaches children to understand their feelings, understand they can have conflicting feelings, and that whenever they have strong feelings weather pleasant or unpleasant, they can and should share them with the (Star) adults in their lives. This topic is very sensitive, and is approached differently for 4 year olds and pre-teen's. We took great care to make sure all of our material is sensitive to the religious community, and that it relays all the important safety information, procedures, and practices to keep kids safe without impinging on any tznius standards.
With the help of Hashem we welcome you to be a part of the solution against all abuse in our community.
"Be a STAR" Personal Safety program for children.
The "Be A Star®" methodology is founded on the following principles: We believe that all children are Stars and deserve to be treated as such.
Statistics tell us that 95% of abuse is preventable with education, and young people need information about what is healthy in order to be able to recognize what is unhealthy. Education allows for our children and their parents to have an arsenal of tools to keep them safe. It allows for our Yiddishe Kinderlach to not be afraid, but rather to be able to use the skills and tools we teach in their daily lives.
The Magenu "Be A Star" Personal Safety program not only teaches children about personal safety but also puts emphasis on educating the significant adults in a child's life. The goal is for the child to be able to communicate with his/her parent/caregiver in all situations. Our focus is on the "Tell", since research shows that telling, even when something harmful has already happened, is critical to a child's well being.
Basics taught to children:
Some basics taught to children in elementary school:
- Safety awareness
- Emergency situations
- Getting lost
- Safe helpers
- The Buddy System
- Body Boundaries
- Safe vs. Unsafe touch
- Safe secrets vs Unsafe secrets
- When and what to tell.
In addition, Magenu offers schools administration and staff trainings. These include recognizing signs of abuse, good hiring practices, rules and regulations to create a safe and secure environment for students, as well as how to ensure a staff members own safety.
Magenu also has practical, easy to implement tips and tools for parents that they can incorporate into their daily lives immediately.