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Personal Safety for Children & Youth

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Kids of all ages need to know how to protect themselves:

  • from abuse and exploitation
  • when homes are violent
  • when accidents and medical emergencies occur

These thoughtfully written books avoid alarmist statistics and horror stories, instead providing gentle, nonjudgmental information and illustrations that help adults discuss tough topics with those between 2 and 15.

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It’s MY Body

Teaches even toddlers how to resist unwanted touching of any kind. Introduces "touching codes" that kids can use to protect themselves. Available in Spanish, too! More . . .

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Telling Isn’t Tattling

Explains that "telling on someone" isn't always snitching. Asks kids to evaluate several common situations and determine what is tattling and what adults need to know. More . . .

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The Trouble with Secrets

Helps children understand when it's appropriate and safe to keep secrets and when secrets need to be shared. Recommended by Parents Anonymous. Available in Spanish. More . . .

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Loving Touches

Describes the importance of truly loving touches and helps children ask for a kiss, a hug or a lap to sit on. Emphasizes respect for other people's bodies. More . . .

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Kids to the Rescue!

Describes accident situations—burns, bites, shocks, cuts—that kids are likely to experience. In problem solving style, explains appropriate first aid. Includes HIV-safe techniques. More . . .

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Something Is Wrong at My House

Shows how children suffer when parents fight and how to obtain help. Formatted with illustrations and simple text for ages 3–6, and longer text for older children. Available in Spanish. More . . .

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Something Happened and I’m Scared to Tell

Helps victims of abuse describe what happened. Emphasizes that children are not to blame for the abuse. Includes nonjudgmental comments about why some adults abuse. Available in Spanish. More . . .

Books for Adults:

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Out of Harm’s Way: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Young Children from Sexual Abuse

Objective, authoritative description of predators and how they target children for molestation. Emphasizes the importance of parents’ role in abuse prevention, and provides scripts to get conversations started about inappropriate contact. More . . .

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Safe Connections: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Young Teens from Sexual Exploitation

A straightforward overview of the risks facing children as they near puberty and enter their teens, including sexual abuse, sexual exploitation online and in person, and sexting. More . . .

Last updated February 01, 2017