In this story, an “incident” occurs in the boys’ toilet, involving Gary who is new to Miss Martin’s class. Miss Martin teaches her students the “five private rules” which are designed to help keep them safe at home, at school, in fact anywhere they go.
The author, Holly-ann Martin, who has over 30 years experience in teaching protective behaviours, wrote this book to help parents, carers, teachers and educators discuss the issue of child-to-child sexual abuse with the children in their care.
Increasingly, Holly had been contacted by childcare centres and primary schools that had experienced cases of child-to-child sexual abuse and were not sure how to educate parents, carers, their staff and children, to try and prevent any further instances occurring. Out of frustration at not being able to direct these teachers and educators to a suitable resource, she decided to write this book.
Child-to-child sexual abuse is a confronting subject! It is essential to protect the innocence of children and not provide them with too much information or cause trauma. Like the other books in this series, this book has been designed for adults to read to children to educate them about this subject, in a safe, non-threatening manner, and provide them with the necessary skills to help keep them safe.
The “incident” referred to in the story has deliberately not been detailed to protect the innocence of children and to try and avoid any additional trauma to children who may have experienced sexual abuse.
The five “private rules” are designed to help keep children safe from sexual abuse at home, at school, in fact anywhere they go. They empower children and provide them with clear and concise guidelines about any inappropriate touching, viewing pornography, taking pictures of their private body parts or other people taking pictures of their private body parts. In this story, pornography is referred to as “private pictures” or “private movies”. The use of these terms was first introduced in the book Hayden-Reece Learns What To Do if Children See Private Pictures or Private Movies as part of our use of age-appropriate language in educating children about sensitive topics.
In the back of this book is an information section for parents, carers and teachers which includes information on how to respond to children engaged in problem sexual behaviours. There is also discussion questions designed to see if children have understood the fundamental concepts of this book. These discussion questions will also give you the opportunity to provide further information if required, which is appropriate to the comprehension level of your children.
Also included is information about the Safe4Kids Child Abuse Prevention Education Program which covers the main points of protective education, and there is also specific information on how to effectively and efficiently deal with receiving a disclosure of abuse from a child.
This book is the fourth in a series of books where Miss Martin teaches her students about protective behaviours and is suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.
Other books by Holly-ann Martin include:
• Matilda Learns a Valuable Lesson (book one in the series)
• Hayden-Reece Learns a Valuable Lesson That Private Means ‘Just For You’ (book two in the series)
• Hayden-Reece Learns What To Do if Children See Private Pictures or Private Movies (book three in the series)
• Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to Child Protection Education•
Hard cover (Picture book)
Mum Goes to Work is a warm, reassuring and humorous look at what mothers do all day at work and home, and what their children do in childcare centres. It’s early morning and everyone is arriving at the noisy childcare centre. Mum is going to work. “Bye, Mum.” What do mums do at work? Are the children as busy as their mums? This book runs two stories in parallel, the main arc follows a group of children as they go to day care and the exciting times they... More info
Empower kids in grades K-6 to recognize and resist negative peer pressure and learn to say “No!” even as forces around them escalate to give in to the peer group. Children will gain the social emotional skills of having self-confidence and listening to an inner voice while resisting influences which can change their values and behaviour. Norbert is a ‘‘namuh’' and enjoys eating everything with jelly beans on it! One day, Norbert’s teacher challenges his class to try something new. In order to encourage everyone to participate, the teacher sweetens... More info
Friends tells the story of the emotional ups and downs of friendship through a group of loveable monsters – from fighting and teasing to laughing and cuddling. Each spread features one emotionally charged word and a characterful scribbly illustration. There’s plenty to explore in the expressions of the monsters, whether it’s the mischievous delight of pinching a friend or the meaningful glance that says just how much you miss a special monster. Little monsters of all ages will love this book. *Author Bio:* *Mies van Hout* studied at the Arts Academy... More info