With increasing cases of child abuse reported in newspapers today, Staford School felt the need to create awareness among children about Good Touch and Bad Touch, so a slide show and a counselling session was organized on Friday, August 7, 2015, for the pre-primary students.
Most of us have experienced ‘bad touch’ at some point of our lives. All children can differentiate a good touch from a bad one but they do not know how to protect themselves from it. They are either scared, confused, or shy to confront it. The only solution to this issue is to spread awareness and give confidence to the students that they will be heard and can approach a ‘safe’ person for help if the need arises. We decided to talk to the students and help them overcome the fear or shyness that stops them from sharing their experience if someone touches them inappropriately.
The difference between the good touch and the bad touch was explained to the students with the following points:-
- It feels good to be hugged and kissed by the people you love. For example:
- When Mummy gives you a hug and kisses you after you wake up.
- When Daddy gives you a good night hug and kiss.
- When Grandma and Grandpa come to visit and everyone gets hugs and kisses.
Touches that make you feel uncomfortable are usually bad touches.
The students were given the guidelines to protect and help themselves from the bad touches.
- If someone touches you the wrong way, tell someone you trust what has happened.
- Say no! Tell the person that you don’t like it and you don’t want to be touched.
- Get away fast! Run away from the person whose touch you don’t like. Never stay alone with that person ever again.