SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, but for one Utah organization, child abuse prevention is a year-long mission. Prevent Child Abuse Utah taught classes at Uintah Elementary School Thursday to students on how to stay safe.
The Prevention Specialists teach the children three Safety Steps, “Listen to the uh-oh feeling, say no, and go tell.” They go over what it means to feel unsafe, the difference between tattling and reporting, and how to talk to the safe adults in their lives.
The lessons are tailored to the age level of the students. For kindergartners that means a hand-puppet named Safety Saurus and for second graders, a sophisticated game of tic-tac-toe.
Uintah Elementary School Principal Ken O’Brien said, “We feel it is incredibly important here at Uintah, the social and emotional heath of our kids are intertwined with their academic prowess.
To find out how to help keep programs like this one going, or to bring Prevent Child Abuse Utah to your local school, visit their website.