Children learn about safety on White Balloon Day

GOODSTART Early Learning Middle Ridge Childcare Centre director Nicola Lock has spent the week teaching personal safety to the children she cares for.

Mrs Lock and the children spent the week making lanterns in the lead-up to yesterday's Bravehearts' White Balloon Day.

"I have been involved with White Balloon Day for the past six years at this centre and we made lanterns for this year's theme 'Shine a Light'," Mrs Lock said.

White Balloon Day is part of National Child Protection Week which raises community awareness about child sexual abuse.

Mrs Jackson said the staff had been teaching children about personal safety.

"We had been having age-appropriate conversations with the children about issues such as body awareness," she said.

"It's about teaching the children that their bodies are their own, what is safe and unsafe and what feelings you get when they're unsafe and also how to recognise them.

"The children then take these conversations back to their parents who could then explain in more depth with them."

Bravehearts' executive director Hetty Johnston said increasing awareness of child sexual assault through White Balloon Day was critical.

"Child protection is everybody's business because it takes a village to raise a child," Ms Johnston said.
 



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