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education programs for Early years – lower primary students

Children are the most vulnerable members of society therefore it is never too early to begin sowing the seeds of personal safety. Children can begin learning valuable lessons to help keep them safe from as young as 2-3 years old.

Providing age appropriate information around body ownership and a right to be safe from an early age allows for these messages to become part of the child’s everyday language and helps to build self-esteem and resilience in children.

Parents and carers play a vital role in this process as first educators of children in their care. Once children commence formalised care arrangements and/or school, a positive partnership between both school and home is then important to reinforce key personal safety messages in a clear, consistent manner to eliminate confusion for children and encourage a shared language that is easy for young children to understand, remember and use.

The five basic principles we need to teach children (between the ages of 3-8) are:

  • To trust their feelings and to distinguish between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings
  • To say ‘no’ to adults if they feel unsafe or unsure
  • That they own their bodies
  • That nothing is so yucky that they can’t tell someone about it
  • That if they feel unsafe or unsure to run and tell someone they trust

DITTO'S KEEP SAFE ADVENTURE

Educational Live Show
DITTO’S KEEP SAFE ADVENTURE SHOW

This fun and interactive personal safety program has reached hundreds of thousands of Australian children since its inception in 2006.

Delivered by experienced facilitators to early learning, child care and lower primary school students, this is 30 – 40 minute live production is tailored for children aged from ages 3 to 8. The show effectively teach personal safety strategies and skills to stay safe in a range of situations from sexual assault to bullying.

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The program underpins children’s instinctive understanding of feelings around their personal safety in a way that is non-confronting, safe and highly effective. Themes covered in the show include;

  • Yes and No Feelings
  • Warning Signs
  • Scared and Yucky Feelings
  • Private Parts and Privacy
  • It’s OK to say NO if you don’t feel safe
  • What to do if you feel unsafe or unsure

To help solidify the messages from the show, our education team also provides an Activity Book for each student to take home and share with parents and carers.

The Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Activity Book provides a selection of games and activities that aim to teach younger children personal safety and continue to communicate the core messages presented in the Ditto Show.

Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show has been aligned to the Australian National Curriculum ‘Health & Physical Education’ objectives. To support teachers with planning and subject coverage, please see our Curriculum Mapping for schools.

To book a Ditto show for your school, child care centre or early learning group, please complete the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST form.

 

DITTO IN A BOX

Teaching Resource Pack
DITTO IN A BOX: personal safety teaching resource pack

Ditto in a Box is a comprehensive resource for the teaching of personal safety to young children. The resource aligns with The Early Years Learning Framework, including the principles, practices, learning outcomes and the quality areas that make up assessment.

The resource comes with a detailed teacher’s guide, designed to support and equip educators with the knowledge, tools and capacity to create environments that are safe and nurturing, particularly in the areas of health, wellbeing, communication and safety.

Ditto in a Box

Ditto in a Box aims to reinforce the protective behaviour strategies presented in Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show, however the resource can also be used independently of the Show.

You may also choose to download the Ditto in a box support information, which documents how to use the education material and how it fits in with the school curriculum.

The following short descriptors provide a high overview of each of the 15 components in the resource pack:

Ditto in a Box Teachers Guide

Includes facts & stats, how the pack compliments the AU curriculum, state policies and procedures, the program’s objectives, how to involve parents, a template parent/guardian letter, reporting guidelines and the documents to support reporting, common indicators, the ‘definition of harm’ and what is sexual assault, teacher tips on how to respond to inappropriate behaviour as well as important self-care advice.

Teaching Module Books 1-5

These are the teaching modules that provide protective education lessons relating to feelings, warning signs, private parts, secrets and who to talk to.

Picture Books x 2

These two specially developed story books (Becky and the Doctor and Ben and the Babysitter) support children’s understanding in terms of privacy and their right to say no if you feel unsafe or unsure. The stories can be used as part of the included lessons or revisited at anytime to reinforce or discuss with/assess the class.

Flashcard sets x 2

‘Scenario’ Cards (Set of 6) and ‘Personal Space’ Cards (Set of 20): These flashcards provide opportunities to introduce concepts, assess understanding and repeat personal safety educational messages using interaction, games, scenarios and poems.

CDs x 2 - Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Songs

These 2 CDs contain the Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure songs that support the personal safety messages in the teaching modules. The songs are used in the lessons and are an engaging medium to use for younger children and can be repeated for consolidation.

CD1 contains versions of the songs for 0-4 year olds and CD2 versions for 5-8 year olds. These different versions employ slightly different musical styles that aim to engage the differing age groups.

Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Activity Book

The activity book is a ‘follow-up’ resource that aims to reinforce the messages from either the teaching modules or/and the show. The activity book has been designed for younger children and includes copies of the song lyrics as well as quiz activities and tasks that require lower primary language skills.

Posters x 9

These 9 posters are visual aids to further support Bravehearts’ personal safety messages. Some of the posters have been designed to specifically work in context with the lesson plans, however the ’Ditto’s 3 rules’ posters can always be displayed in a classroom to reinforce and consolidate his message.

Educators and child care workers can also download the Ditto in a Box Support Information, which documents how to use the education material and how it fits in with the school curriculum.

This high quality, invaluable resource can be purchased online for ONLY $149 for the complete pack, including delivery to anywhere in Australia. To purchase Ditto in a Box for your own or your school’s resource library, please click on the link below.

BUY DITTO IN A BOX

The Ditto Keep Safe Adventure show was very visual, the students readily recognised and affiliated with the signs and actions. There was student participation, where children felt they were successful.
Teacher, Nelson Park State School, QLD