Informed kids are safer kids!
Every person close to a child feels the impact of his or her sexual assault. By learning more about this subject, we can help prevent sexual assault from happening to our children and provide better support for victims.
Happy Bear Program
The Happy Bear play is an educational tool that teaches young children how to recognize and resist sexual abuse. While the play is effective in teaching children, reinforcement and support from parents is extremely important.
In our society, we cannot prevent all abuse. Therefore, it's vitally important that parents take responsibility for educating their children. Talking about sexual abuse isn't always comfortable but it's necessary to be informed so parents:
- Know how to respond to their child's questions.
- Can give accurate information.
- Know how to correct wrong information.
- Can recognize signs indicating a child may have been sexually abused.
On this web site, you will find a variety of information about sexual abuse and how you can help protect your child from such experiences. In reviewing this information, you will be able to communicate more effectively with your child about Happy Bear's Key Messages concerning good touch, bad touch and mixed-up touch. It is important to remember that safety, not sex, is being emphasized.
The Happy Bear program is a service of Blank Children's Hospital, Iowa's only hospital just for kids. Blank offers a wide range of pediatric specialists and healthcare professionals who are experts at seeing things from a child's point of view.