Why do we need to teach children about child abuse prevention?
The consequences of child abuse for the affected child and for society as a whole are substantial; data shows that 5 children die every day because of child abuse, while many more suffer lifelong consequences. Over 40% of children around the world experience abuse annually.
Why School Pupils?
Education remain the best ways to prevent this from happening, or at least if a child is already in an abusive situation, it will give them the knowledge of what to do, and who to turn to, so that they can get some help. The earlier we can teach children about the subject of "Body Safety" the better because research shows that by the age of 3 children know the fundamental of "Body Safety". Over 350,000 children in the USA have benefitted from this programme why not Nigeria?
The beauty of the My Body Is My Body Programme is that it is simple, memorable, and opens the channels of communication about the subject of abuse, which is of the utmost importance. "How do you approach young children about the subject of child abuse?" Most adults don't like to talk about the subject of abuse, and the thought of trying to approach young children in a positive manner can be a daunting prospect. The fun songs in this programme allow people to engage with children in a simple and positive way.
Songs are also a wonderful way for children to remember the important messages being taught as they are interactive. I am sure you all remember little songs that you were taught as a child, these songs and messages will stay with the children and will also be good grounding for future life lessons. A study which involved children, published in the Journal of Music Therapy, showed that music, and learning new songs relate to a more positive self-concept and development of self-esteem, help children feel better about them.
Benefits of the programme
• Keeping children safe and preventing child abuse
• Dealing with this subject in a positive non-threatening way
• Children will remember the message through the music
• Find out the signs of child abuse
• Open the lines of communication
• Have fun presenting the program