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The Play it Safe!® Program was designed so that a teacher, parent, counselor, or volunteer can easily present the program. The script included with each grade or topic has everything needed to present the program.

Why it works:

  • Program is age-appropriate and grade-level specific for Pre-K – 6th grade and topic specific for secondary schools. Use script/movie for corresponding grade or topic. If presenting to a mixed age group, it is suggested to use the mid-level program. For example, if presenting to a small group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, present the 4th grade scripted program and movie.
  • A small group setting is the most conducive environment for effective learning and focused interaction.
  • Play it Safe!® coloring books, which reinforce the message of the program, are generally used through 2nd grade. Students are encouraged to take the books home to discuss with family.
  • Joe and Suzy dolls are used through 2nd grade to help instruct that private parts are the parts of the body covered by a bathing suit.
  • Both genders participate together.

How it works:

  • Prepare for the presentation by reading the script and viewing the movie in advance.
  • Consider holding a parent preview one week before the student presentation to increase understanding of the topic, address concerns and encourage communication within the family about abuse. Families can read the script and preview the movie for their child’s grade level, and ask questions.
  • Present the interactive grade-level script first and show movie when prompted in the script. Total time is approximately one hour, including the 10-20 minute movie.
  • Adapt the scripted stories to scenarios that are relevant to your students’ lives. For example, a story about bike riding may speak to some students, but not to others.
  • Because Play it Safe!® is an interactive and engaging presentation, student answers to the scripted questions will vary. Acknowledge each child’s response and follow-up as appropriate
  • Respond to any disclosure of abuse by remaining child-focused. Report to authorities according to your state law.
  • If appropriate for your setting, administer grade-level specific pretest. Post tests can be given two weeks after presentation.


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