THE B-SAFE PROGRAM
KEEPING KIDS SAFE IN A HIGH TECH WORLD
WHAT IS THE B-SAFE PROGRAM?
Simply put, the B-SAFE program is a workshop designed to educate both parents and children on the dangers from predators in today’s high tech world. With 400,000 to 700,000 children reported missing annually in the United States, 300,000+ abductions including over 50,000 abductions by non-family members, all families need to be aware of the risks kids face and how to effectively avoid them. The Department of Justice reports that of all “failed” abduction attempts, 86% fail because the child had been educated on how to recognize the danger and, on her/his own, been able to escape or remove themselves from that danger. The program is available in age appropriate modules, ages 3 - 9 & 10 - 17.
WHAT DOES MODULE 1 FOR AGES 3 TO 9 INCLUDE?
This module of the B-SAFE program covers basic safety instruction for children in this age group. Basic rules for kids such as always telling your parents where you’re going, not playing or going places alone, always take a friend or I’ll not accept candy, money, gifts or rides from any adult without my parent’s permission. These are part of a list of 17 specific ‘rules’ that we review with kids. We teach a concept called ‘Yell, yell, yell, run and tell” if a child is approached by an adult that makes the child feel uncomfortable. We introduce the “Circle of Trust” and the use of a family “Code Word”. We discuss our Child ID program and advise parents that it is important to obtain and maintain current ID for each child. We show a video about a 7-year-old girl who was almost abducted by an adult and how she used the yell, yell strategy while kicking and scratching her way to safety.
WHAT DOES MODULE 2 FOR AGES 10 TO ADULT INCLUDE?
Part 2 of the B-SAFE workshop is focused on how technology has become a weapon used against children of all ages and how kids of every age must be made aware of these risks and how to deal with them. By technology we are talking about the cell phones, tablets and home computers. 70% or more of sex trafficking victims first contact with the trafficker are made online. We examine all of the techniques that predators use to lure a child into their grasp. It’s pretty scary stuff but since the average age of children kidnapped into sex trafficking victims is about 12 years old and heading lower, a complete review of this topic is critical. We outline a family plan for safe use of the Internet, posting rules, opening of emails received, photos, privacy settings, and rule #1 – NEVER arrange to meet anyone you’ve met on the Internet without your parent’s knowledge and approval.
WHAT IF WE HAVE A MIXED AGE GROUP?
The material can be modified by our trained facilitator who conducts the workshop but the parents of the older children should be sure to watch module 2 with those age 10 or older when they are at home.