Teaching Consent to Young Children
In an age of frequent assault allegations and abuse statistics, how do we raise children to understand, set, and respect personal boundaries? How can we take preemptive steps to protect children from abuse? Families and caregivers send daily messages about consent without realizing it, and we can help them be intentional with words and actions. We will discuss consent and developmentally appropriate practice, using breakout group discussion and role-play.
Teaching Empathy & Consent as Abuse Prevention
We want to keep children not only from becoming victims but also from becoming the perpetrators. Consent conversations have to include empathy, for a holistic approach to preventing abuse and assault. Try hands-on methods for teaching young children about empathy and consent. Learn the science behind physical manifestations of emotions, and how to use those to empathize with others.
Articles & Websites
Articles featuring interviews with Lydia Bowers
How Sex Educators Talk to Their Sons About Consent By Caroline Bologna (Huffington Post)
5 Ways We Can Teach Kids to Handle Romantic Rejections By Amanda Luz Henning Santiago (Mashable)
7 Things Sex Educators Wish You'd Teach Your Kids Sooner Rather Than Later By Brittany Wong (Huffington Post)