The aim of this module is to teach children about the various facets of child sexual development. Very young children often tend to be immodest and display curiosity about body parts and bodily functions. By the age of 12 years, children often begin to show behavior such as touching private parts on purpose, exposing themselves to sexual content in the media, seeking privacy, and playing games with peers that may involve sexual behavior.
Responding to sexual behavior can be a slippery slope to navigate for both parents and teachers. This makes it extremely important to educate children about age-appropriate and relevant behavior necessary for them to grow up safe, healthy, and secure in their bodies. Clearly describing personal safety rules helps children develop the skills necessary to recognize, resist, and report any forms of abuse to the extent possible.
Pratisandhi’s module has been carefully developed by combining resources and guidelines from UNICEF and Advocates for Youth. It covers the following themes through a number of activities:
• Parts of our body
• Distinguishing between Private and Non-Private Parts• Understanding our feelings
• Learning about our Trusted Network
• Safe and Unsafe Touches
• Safety Rules
• What to do in case of Unsafe and Unwanted Touches