child abuse awareness for kids in Shawnee
Think First & Stay Safe©
Grades 2nd through 5th
Think First & Stay Safe© program aligns with the guidelines for personal safety programs established by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), as well as National Health Education Standards. All Sunflower House programs correlate with the Kansas Social, Emotional, and Character Development Model Standards and Kansas Early Learning Standards.
This program is research-based and evidence-based. It provides lessons on personal safety for elementary schools.
It is available in English and Spanish.
Think First & Stay Safe© provides students with age-appropriate personal safety knowledge by the way of interactive classroom lessons, activities, and PowerPoint presentations.
The program reinforces personal and digital boundaries; emphasizing that they can report bullying and abuse and there are laws to protect them.
1st Grade: Safe & Healthy Boundaries – Instincts & Secrets (45 min., follow up to Happy Bear)
2nd Grade: Safe & Healthy Boundaries – Laws help protect me (45 minutes)
3rd Grade: Safe & Healthy Boundaries – Finding Help (1 hour)
4th Grade: Safe & Healthy Boundaries – Personal Safety (1 hour)
5th Grade: Safe & Healthy Boundaries – Secrets, Threats, and Lures ( 1 hour)
Students learn to keep themselves safe
This program hones instincts and critical thinking skills, helps children identify trusted adults, and assures them that bullying and abuse are never a targeted child’s fault.
Students learn that they can play an important role in keeping their bodies safe in real life and online. Additionally, this program reinforces respecting other people’s boundaries and how other people should respect ours.
Schedule this Program
If you are interested in scheduling this FREE program for your school or group, contact the Sunflower House education staff. These programs can be scheduled for in person or virtual.
“Our school had participated in the Happy Bear presentations in past years and we were so please to learn that there was a curriculum for our older students as well. In this age of growing technology and changing family dynamics, we felt that our students needed additional education on personal safety and this program did not disappoint. Students in Kindergarten through 6th received much needed information on the importance of personal safety at home, in our community and when accessing online activities. Having different presentations for each grade level was greatly beneficial as it allowed students to learn more about these topics at an age appropriate pace. In addition to learning safety awareness, these presentations prompted several conversations both with trusted adults at school and in student homes regarding specific incidents of concern with regard to safety and alleged abuse. In some of these cases, action was taken through the Department of Children and Family Services to seek services and provide further investigation to ensure student safety. We greatly appreciate this program and the resources offered to children and families through Sunflower House.”
About Sunflower House
Sunflower House is a non-profit founded in 1977.
It is a non-residential children’s advocacy and abuse prevention center serving Johnson and Wyandotte counties. The questions, “What would I want for my child if he or she were abused?” and “How can we stop the cycle of child abuse?” drive every decision made at Sunflower House.
The agency addresses abuse and neglect through a comprehensive approach—engaging children, parents, child-serving professionals and the community. Sunflower House is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance. Accreditation through this national affiliate ensures adherence to best practice standards of its federally recognized multidisciplinary approach to child abuse investigations.