The children will learn to make the safest decisions for themselves by utilizing our tool of, “stop, think, and go”. The objectives of this program are to help children develop social and emotional skills that allow them to interact with different people and situations in a safe way. Positive self-esteem, empathy, coping skills, and goal setting are important skills instilled through this program.

SESSION TOPICS

Self-Awareness addresses the child as being more responsible and in charge of his/her own decisions; identify and achieve goals even in the face of risk factors; shows that every decision has consequences; emphasizes communicating with parents about rules in each person’s own home; and fosters self-reliance, self-confidence, and positive self-concept.
 
Interpersonal Relationships illustrates the differences between aggressive, assertive, and passive behavior; deals with how to handle teasing, bulling, threats, and harassment; explores tools to become an upstander; reviews specific refusal tools to avoid negative influences while maintaining friendships; and strives to strengthen empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
 
Substance Awareness And Resistance provides awareness of legal and illegal substances and situations; addresses causes behind substance abuse including dares, boredom, image, and peer pressure; discusses the dangers of using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; states the differences between prescription and non-prescription medication and stresses the dangers of over the counter drugs; explores situations that call for a child to ask for help from their trusted adult; and emphasizes consequences of personal decisions.
 
Home Alone addresses ways to keep safe when home alone; includes decision making skills about answering the phone and the door; provides tools on how to deal with the emergency situations; encourages children to review problem possibilities with their parents; help students recognize the responsibilities that go with the privilege of self-care, including sibling/peer interaction; addresses negative behavior and/or disregard for house rules; and stresses safety and doing the right thing even when no one is looking.
 
Secrets examines the continuum of secrets including surprises that are eventually shared, keeping confidences, and potentially dangerous revelations; getting help for oneself or another as compared to tattling; asks children to identify trusted adults in their lives and supports them in seeking help if another person confides information about violent or destructive behavior; and discusses unwanted touches and the need to tell until the necessary help is secured.
 
Strangers And Internet Safety addresses interaction with persons we don’t know both in person and online; degrees of relationships; when we need help from a stranger; when we might speak to a stranger; and when a situation is potentially dangerous, and what we need to do to protect ourselves at that point (family rules, develop a family code word, and an emergency plan).