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Safety Skills for Children

Keep the magic of childhood safe in this low-key, friendly and age-appropriate class for girls and boys. Learn about risks facing your kids, how to frame the discussion with children, and recognizing when someone may be targeting members of your family.

Children will practice the 'five fingers' approach: think, yell, get free, run, and tell. In the first part of class your child will practice some basic safety rules and skills in a safe and non-scary way. We focus on strengthening your kids' ability to determine whether they feel safe and respected, what to do about it in the moment, and how to seek help afterwards.

In the second part of the class for older children, they will learn about boundaries, practice recognizing when boundaries are being violated, and using their voice and body language to address those boundary violations. The final 10-15 minutes is oriented towards parent education.

The second part of class for younger kids is geared towards parent education: we will look at tactics that child molesters use to gain access to children through parents, and community resources available for your safety needs.

Parents learn tools to continue the conversation, as well as to sort through all the information and misinformation on keeping their children safe.

A parent must attend with their child(ren). Both parents are also welcome.

Upcoming class schedule:

North Kirkland Community Center, February 17 (2018). 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Cost is $43 for Kirlkland residents, $52 for non-residents. This class is for children ages 5 - 8, or grades K-3. Contact NKCC at 425-587-3336, or register online. NKCC is located at 12421 103rd Ave NE, Kirkland WA 98034.

Safety Skills for Chilren classes can be privately arranged -- contact us to schedule yours.

Is your daughter a bit older?

Too old for a Children's class yet not ready for the Teen Girls Only class, the For Tween Girls Only may be just right for her emerging independence and awareness.

The Girl Scouts published the results of their survey on what safety concerns girls have as they grow from children to tweens to teens. You can download and read the PDF of Feeling Safe: What Girls Say to assess which type of class would best fit your daughter's needs.

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