By: Richelle Davis
As the school year winds down, so does the Protect Yourself Program. At the end of this year, the Protect Yourself program will have been taught to 920 students in Gratiot County. If you have a first or third grader in Gratiot County I have been in their classroom for a five week period teaching them a variety of lessons focused on empowering students on how to keep themselves safe.
The lessons consist of: strangers and dangerous situations, instincts, tricks and lures, good touch/bad touch, and who to tell. Once summer begins, many children's schedules change and they may be left alone, and may spend time with a variety of different people. Please continue to discuss these issues with your child.
The personal safety rules we teach every child are:
1. Say "No"
2. Get Away
3. Tell Someone
These rules apply to strangers as well as sexual predators. Your child has been taught that they are the "boss of their body", and to always tell someone if anyone gives them touches in their personal private body parts, hurtful touches, or unwanted touches. It is important to reinforce these issues with your child and to make it an ongoing conversation. Let's work together to ensure you and your child have a safe and fun-filled summer!