Local Crisis Line: (907) 276-7273 Statewide Crisis Line: (800) 478-8999 Business Line: (907) 276-7279
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Create an Honest, Open Environment- Kids look to their parents to help guide them. Be supportive and positive. Listen and take their feeling into consideration. You may not have all the answers, being honest about that can go a long way!
Be Patient- Try and resist the urge to rush through the tougher conversations with your kids. Most kids need to hear information repeated in small doses, for it to really sink in. Keep talking to your kids, your patience and persistence will pay off.
Use Every Day Opportunities to Talk - When going to swim class to talk about the private parts of your body that are covered by your bathing suit.
Find Out What Your Child Knows Already-If your child asks you a difficult question, you might simply ask “what have you heard?” This allows your kiddo to tell you what they understand or misunderstand and can give you a great starting point to the conversation.
Take a Break and Listen to Your Child- Specific actions like making eye contact, kneeling down and even tilting your head shows that you are listening!
Use the Proper Names for Body Parts- Giving cute names for body parts can send a message that you are uncomfortable talking about them.
Initiate Conversations With Your Child- Even if your kids are comfortable approaching you, don’t wait for kids to ask you about personal safety, chances are they have questions but may not know how to ask.
STAR’s Education Department strives to present up-to-date and age-appropriate safety information to as many children as possible each year. We all want children to be safe at home and at school...personal safety presentations provide kids with tools they can use to protect themselves from many childhood related dangers such as sexual abuse, bullying, and how to keep themselves and their friends safe.
During STAR presentations children learn:
• The three kinds of touches: “safe,” “ouch” and “secret”
• The difference between a “secret” touch and a “clean and healthy” touch
• The safety rule “No, Go, Tell”… say “no” in a loud voice, “go” away as soon as it’s safe to do so and “tell” a trusted adult
• Identify trusted adults from home, school and community
These lessons give children a better understanding of safe versus unsafe behaviors and a common language to ask for help when it's needed.
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STAR's Prevention and Education Team presents relevant information designed to empower youth with the knowledge and skills they need to identify risky behaviors, dispel common myths about violence, prevent victimizing behaviors, protect themselves and others, and provide helpful resources available.
STAR Presentations are offered for free in the Anchorage School District
STAR Educators present the following information in grades Seventh through Twelfth
STAR Educators present the following information in Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade Classrooms
Providing options, support and information to Alaskans affected by sexual violence for more than 35 years.
STAR's presentations for middle and high school students focus on current issues such as:
• Sexual Assault and Consent
• Bullying and Harassment
• Healthy relationships
• Teen Dating Violence
• Bystander Awareness and Intervention
STAR has also written curricula designed around cyber safety in teen and tween populations that is available upon request. These presentations teach youth to identify unhealthy situations and provide safe ways to help or get help if needed.