It is essential to talk to your children about their safety, including identifying people who are “safe” and “unsafe” and how to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Safety and prevention can be complex topics for children to understand. To help them understand, parents and educators can talk to children about safety through visual storytelling. Visual storytelling is an excellent way to make the learning process more creative and engaging, which can help your children remember how to protect themselves.
“Steps to Staying Safe ” is a storybook that follows a 5-year-old who encounters a “tricky person” while playing in the park and how the child navigates the potentially dangerous moment and finds the right people to ask for help. The book is easy to read and filled with colorful pictures to accompany the story. Digital and print versions can be downloaded at home for free to share with your children. Access the free storybook here.
The book is created by the A21 Campaign that promotes children’s safety and awareness of human trafficking. The A21 website also has many resources for parents and teachers to learn more about children’s safety, preventative measures, and how to discuss the topic with children.
Preview the storybook here.