Waihi Leader - - News -

Over the next few weeks the Waihi Leader will be run­ning sim­ple, help­ful, hope­ful mes­sages around pro­tect­ing chil­dren from sex­ual abuse.

Kathy Archibald says that schools have been con­tacted about the cam­paign and re­ceived packs with the mes­sag­ing and en­cour­aged to share the in­for­ma­tion with adults within their school com­mu­nity via news­let­ters and so­cial me­dia.

The mes­sages in­clude in­for­ma­tion about nor­mal sex­ual de­vel­op­ment for chil­dren, teach­ing chil­dren safe words dur­ing play and iden­ti­fy­ing safe peo­ple they can talk to if some­thing does hap­pen. There is also in­for­ma­tion about mon­i­tor­ing what me­dia your child is watch­ing and other mes­sages based on kind­ness and em­pa­thy.

The mes­sages are de­signed to help chil­dren un­der­stand bound­aries and teach them that it is okay to say no if they are feel­ing un­com­fort­able.

Along­side each se­ries of in­for­ma­tion will be de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about where to go for help.

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