Grades PreK-2: FAQ's
What do students learn when they participate in the Think First & Stay Safe School Program?
Students learn the importance of treating themselves and others with kindness and respect. They practice being kind and respectful to friends and family. They learn what constitutes healthy and respectful social relationships. When children know how to build and maintain healthy social relationships from a young age, it is easier for them to recognize and avoid inappropriate and abusive behaviors as they grow.
Students also learn how to set personal boundaries and how to respect the boundaries of others. The program teaches students how to identify trusted adults, as well as how and where to reach out for help. The program emphasizes that all kids have a right to be safe, and there are laws to help keep kids safe. It assures children that being bullied or abused is never a child's fault.
Is the Think First & Stay Safe School Program research-based?
Yes. Think First & Stay Safe is based on ongoing research by Ken Wooden, educator/author/investigative journalist, and his colleagues of thirty years, Jennifer Mitchell and Rosemary Webb. Jennifer and Rosemary co-wrote the program and have been instrumental in expanding it to address all forms of abusive behavior, including bullying and harassment. Jennifer & Rosemary oversee each annual program update to ensure the most relevant and balanced approach to teaching personal safety to today's tech-savvy kids.
(SEE ALSO "History of the Child Lures School Program")
How often is Think First & Stay Safe updated?
Since its original creation, Rosemary Webb and Jennifer Mitchell have continuously updated and expanded Think First & Stay Safe to address the latest issues and safety concerns facing today's youngsters. These updates are based on Child Lures Prevention's ongoing research, as well as the invaluable input of educators, parents and students. The program was most recently updated and revised in June, 2015.
Educators and parents are also encouraged to visit (and Like) CLP/TLP's Facebook page, Child Lures Prevention/Teen Lures Prevention, for daily posts on research and news related to the health and personal safety of children and youth. For non-members of Facebook, please visit childlureprevention.com, where CLP/TLP's daily FB posts are available for reading.
Does the program offer a balanced perspective?
Yes. Youngsters are repeatedly reassured that the majority of people are kind, safe and sincerely committed to the happiness and well-being of children. Those who harm or abuse children are the exception.
Has the program been scientifically evaluated?
Yes. Think First & Stay Safe has been scientifically evaluated and proven to be highly effective in safeguarding youngsters, based on the federally-mandated Principles of Effectiveness.
(See "Program Evaluations")
Formative assessments are incorporated throughout each Lesson Plan. A formal Summative Program Assessment is provided to use for pre-testing and post-testing. To document student progress and program retention in-house, schools and organizations are encouraged to administer the provided Program Evaluation for Grades PreK-2 as both a Pre-Test and a Post-Test.
Think First & Stay Safe School Program aligns with recommendations set forth by NCMEC's guidelines for personal safety programs, as well as National Health Education Standards.
Does the Think First & Stay Safe School Program address bullying?
Yes. Grades PreK-2 are taught the importance of treating others with kindness and respect at home, at school and online/electronically. Bullying is addressed in the Laws Help Protect Me lesson plan.
Grades 3-4 and 5-6 have dedicated Lesson Plans addressing bullying, cyberbullying and electronic harassment entitled, Be Kind, No Bullying. Students learn the value of being responsible digital citizens at all times, as well as how to stand up for others and get help from trusted adults when necessary.
Does the program address peer-to-peer abuse?
Yes, the program addresses peer-to-peer abuse. It allows students to practice effective strategies to prevent, deflect and report such behaviors, based on the most recent research. School policies and consequences are reviewed.
As much as 30% of all childhood sexual abuse is perpetrated by children, on children. The Think First & Stay Safe program emphasizes that it is against the law for anyone - even a peer - to cross over the line from affection to sexual abuse.
Is Think First & Stay Safe age-appropriate?
Yes. The Presenter's Guide contains age-appropriate lesson plans for Grades PreK-2, Grades 3-4 and Grades 5-6. Presenters are encouraged to fine-tune each lesson, based on the maturity and sophistication of students.
Classroom Activities and Student Handouts vary for PreK, Kindergarten and Grades 1-2. Separate Classroom Posters are available for Grades K-4 and Grades 5-6.
What does the program kit consist of?
- Teacher Manual: Presenter's Guide: Includes age-appropriate scripted lesson plans, classroom activities, practice scenarios, follow-up activities, pre/post tests, and tools for parental involvement.
- Presenter's Training Modules I-V: Training Modules introduce and guide trainees through the program. (Approx. 15-20 min/ea)
- Welcome Module - (4 min.)
- Module I - Curriculum Introduction
- Module II - Program Preparation
- Module III - PreK-2 Implementation
- Module IV - Grades 3-4 Implementation
- Module V - Grades 5-6 Implementation
- Student Handouts for Grades PreK-2
View Handout Sample
- Classroom PowerPoint Presentation: for Grades PreK-2
- Classroom Poster Series for Grades PreK-2
- Think First and Stay Safe!
- All Secrets Can Be Told.
- My Body Belongs to ME!
- Be Kind Online.
- Stay Three Steps Back.
- Trust Your Gut Feelings.
- There's No Lost Puppy!
- Child Lures Prevention Parent Guide: This 20-page parent handbook summarizes the School Program and offers ideal home reinforcement. Available in English and Spanish.
View Parent Guide Sample
Who teaches Think First & Stay Safe?
Typically, the program is taught by a school counselor, health educator, nurse, physical education teacher or school resource officer. In some schools, classroom teachers present the Program. It is suggested that guidance counselors act as coordinators and be readily available for victimized children's needs.
Educators who teach personal safety help ensure students come to school prepared to learn - free of the challenges associated with abusive treatment, including behavioral problems, learning disabilities, low self-esteem, depression and peer/self-exploitation.
How long does it take to teach the program?
Think First & Stay Safe can conform to the time constraints of any classroom. Its scripted lesson plans are designed to be taught in as little as 10 minutes. Many presenters opt to follow the suggested one week presentation timetables outlined in the program's Presenter's Guide; others create their own.
How do we involve parents?
For prevention programs to be most effective, the support and cooperation of parents and guardians is needed.
Prior to classroom presentations, schools are encouraged to hold a parent orientation where they are shown a PowerPoint overview (free online download), review the lesson plans & student handouts, and find answers to any questions they may have.
Distribution of the Think First & Stay Safe Parent Guide gives parents and other caregivers the ability to reinforce prevention strategies at home. Parents should also receive a copy of the take-home flyer, "Tips for Parents," located in the Presenter's Guide. Schools are also welcome to link to childlureprevention.com for free additional resources and information for parents and schools alike.
Distribution of the Parent Guide is strongly encouraged. Home reinforcement helps ensure students retain this invaluable information. It is also a visible way for schools to demonstrate compliance with federal educational entitlements calling for parental involvement.
Does the Think First & Stay Safe School Program have permanence?
Yes. Once a school district or one of its schools adopts the Think First & Stay Safe program, it becomes a permanent resource that may be incorporated into the existing health curriculum. Targeted grades, as well as new students and personnel, can be trained each year.
How do we fund this program for each school in our district?
Schools employ Title I funding, Safe Schools/Healthy Kids Initiative, At-Risk Funds, PTA/PTO sponsorship, as well as general funds. Area businesses and civic organizations are usually more than willing to sponsor the Think First & Stay Safe School Program and/or Student Workbooks and Parent Guides for local schools. Click here for more information on funding options.
Can I read references or testimonials from schools that have implemented Think First & Stay Safe?
Yes. Please see our Success Stories
How do I preview Think First & Stay Safe for my school or school district?
We welcome your request to preview the Think First & Stay Safe School Program kit. The process is simple and free:
- At your request, we send the Program, at no charge.
- We encourage you to take 30-60 days to preview the Program.
- We can provide a list of References for you to contact in your area.
- We are happy to provide additional information or materials, should you need them.
- We are readily available to answer any questions that may arise during your preview period.
To arrange a preview of the Think First & Stay Safe School Program kit, please call 1-800-552-2197 or e-mail us the name, address and phone number of your organization, as well as a contact name.
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