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Healthy Touch, Good Boundaries, Safe Kids Reviews

From Video Librarian, March/April 2013
***1/2   Featuring funky music and an upbeat tone, this program approaches the subject of dealing with inappropriate touch in a way that manages to communicate the gravity of the issue without frightening its young audience. Intended for second to fifth graders, the 13-minute classroom presentation is led by a cheerful male-female pair who begin by introducing the concept of good and bad touch to a group of elementary-age children seated at desks. Next, the group moves to a school gym, where the hosts use costumes and games to explain the idea of the three circles of comfort: strangers, helpers, and family or close friends. In the final segment, everyone heads outside to learn a "no, go, tell" method that kids can use to deal with uncomfortable situations. Three short dramatizations of related scenarios provide opportunities for students to practice the concepts they have learned. The program also features a parent/teacher segment that gives adults tips for preparing children to watch the program, while also providing statistics on sexual abuse, and pointing out signs that indicate abuse. DVD extras include three PDF documents: a teacher's guide, tips for parents, and a sample parent letter/permission form for classroom presentations. Highly recommended.
Aud: Elem. (grades 1-3), Intermed. (grades 4-6), Public libraries. (K. Cruver)

From School Library Journal, January 2013
Safety is always a big issue, and this program seeks to help children recognize how they can be safe when it comes to inappropriate touching. Good, bad, and wrong touching are covered in the 15-minute primary segment. Children are told that no one should touch any part of their body they would cover with a swimsuit without their permission. The adult hosts also discuss good and bad secrets, circles of comfort, and a three-step way to cope with potentially dangerous situations. This information is presented in a class setting with a group of involved students. Three vignettes offer viewers the opportunity to apply the information. There's also a video segment aimed at the adults teaching the unit. While the featured students are not very diverse, they do add a kid-friendly element to a sometimes scary topic. Useful for counselors and others teaching children about safety issues.–Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA

From Booklist Online Video Review, January 2013
Super-size captions, unusual color combinations, and other visuals grab viewer attention in this cautionary program to help youngsters identify and distinguish healthy and appropriate touch from wrong, inappropriate touch. Children finding themselves in uncomfortable situations or their personal boundaries violated, are advised to say no, go away, and tell a responsible adult ("no, go, tell"). Three unsafe scenarios that put the advice in motion are introduced. Follow-ups show an adult taking appropriate action that sometimes involves calling the police. Basic information is reinforced in captions and unfamiliar vocabulary is explained. The last part of the program, aimed at parents and educators, features a social worker and physician stressing the importance of listening carefully to children. It is also noted that most abuse cases involve a familiar and trusted adult in the child's life. Realistic situations and excellent explanations, devoid of scare tactics, characterize this helpful video.
-- Nancy McCray

From The Corner on Character blog, October 2012
Knowledge is power; that's why I firmly believe that we must educate our children to help them stay safe and break the silence.

Sexual abuse statistics are staggering; in more than 90% of child abuse cases, it's a family member or close friend who makes inappropriate physical contact or advances. At our school, we've brought in outside programs like WHO (We Help Ourselves) and SKATE (Safe Kids Are Taught Early). Our DARE officer also touches on stranger danger and safety in his classes. And now I'm excited that this new Starshine Workshop product Healthy Touch, Good Boundaries, Safe Kids is also available to give our students concrete strategies about what to do if they're caught in an uncomfortable situation.

This tool pragmatically addresses the tough topic with sensitivity and clarity.
In the video, two likable young adults, Rachel and Paul, work with a class and teach them to differentiate between healthy touch (hugs, kisses from someone you know), bad touch (hitting, kicking), and wrong touch (unwanted contact in private areas) through discussion and role play. They also make a distinction between good secrets vs. bad secrets. They put the students into a Circle of Comfort to categorize the people in their lives and practice how to behave should certain issues arise. They give participants a clear-cut empowerment strategy that kids can use to maintain good boundaries: No, Go, Tell.

This product includes an accompanying parent/teacher video of an interview with a child psychologist that'll teach the warning signs of sexual abuse, discuss appropriate responses for when a child reports, and provide some follow-up activities and exercises to open up dialogue that'll help keep our children safe. There are also three interactive scenarios that allow students to decide what they'd do. I did notice that they all involve male aggressors, so I'd actually write a fourth with my students and challenge them to come up with a situation in which it's a female predator.

Read the full review here.
-Barbara Gruener, Counselor and Character Coach
Westwood-Bales Elementary School, Friendswood, TX