Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum

Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum

Talking to children about touching and personal safety can be difficult for teachers and parents.  The Talking About Touching program creates a comfortable context for discussing this sensitive topic through beginning lessons about other types of safety such as traffic and fire safety.

This multi-media curriculum teaches students basic skills and simple safety rules that will help keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations, including those involving touch.  Photo cards serve as the basis for classroom discussion, with fully scripted, easy-to-use lessons on the reverse side. A children’s video, audiocassette with booklet, big book and other media create a fun and positive atmosphere for learning. An award-winning parent education video encourages families to talk about “touching safety” at home.

The Talking About Touching Program

  • Is easy to teach and fun to learn
  • Involves parents
  • Is taught in thousands of schools throughout North America
  • Aligns with the latest research and expert opinion on sexual abuse prevention
  • Is developmentally appropriate

The Talking About Touching  curriculum kits contain

  • Teacher’s Guide containing background information, letters to parents, and other helpful program tools
  • 15 photo-lesson cards for Preschool and Kindergarten
  • 40 photo-lesson cards in the primary curriculum, to be divided among grades one through four
  • Joey Learns the Touching Rule classroom video (Preschool and Kindergarten only)
  • What Do I Say Now? parent education video
  • Sam’s Story big book, booklet and audiotape
  • Safety-steps posters

Learn more about the Talking About Touching Program by visiting Committee for Children’s website at

Talking About Touching Training for Educators

Training in the Talking About Touching program will be brought to RCAB schools by Committee for Children and the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund, both nationally recognized leaders in the field of child abuse prevention education. Two educators or administrators from each school will attend a three-day training-for-trainers in the program.