STOPS to Violence is offering Kids Matter to communities across Saskatchewan. Through Kids Matter, we aim to teach children that it is never okay for someone to hurt them, that they never deserve to be hurt, and that there are ways to get help. Supporting children to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to build healthy, positive relationships and seek help when needed, reduces their risk for victimization.
Just as we teach fire safety, educating children about personal safety and abuse in an appropriate way helps prepare them for potentially dangerous situations, should they happen. Although it can be uncomfortable to talk about abuse and violence, prevention and early intervention are the best ways to empower children to be healthy, strong and safe.
What is 'Kids Matter'?
Kids Matter presentations include a combination of puppetry, body movement, interactive discussion and skill-building activities to help provide important safety information in an entertaining and child-centered way. Although puppet shows can be fun, we acknowledge the sensitive and sometimes difficult nature of talking about violence and safety. Pre-presentation and follow-up packages are available to help prepare you for the presentation and to continue to teach your group about personal safety and abuse prevention.
Through our Kids Matter presentations, children will:
- Learn about personal safety and violence prevention;
- Understand that it is not ok for others to hurt them or for them to hurt others, and that it’s not their fault if they are being hurt or witness violence;
- Practice asking for help and saying NO;
- Learn about using instincts as signals of potential danger;
- Practice identifying emotions and using self-regulation strategies to calm themselves in stressful situations;
- Learn strategies and problem solving skills to increase personal safety;
- Understand what they can do to help others.
Presentations are geared toward children ages 5-12 and each presentation is approximately one hour in length. Our presentation for ages 5-8 focuses on personal safety and abuse prevention, teaching self-regulation strategies and learning to listen to instincts. The presentation for ages 8-12 addresses personal safety, self-regulation techniques and strategies to recognize and respond to bullying and interpersonal violence.
Ideally, the group size for each presentation should be no more than 35 children. If possible, we prefer to coordinate multiple presentations in a community or region to help maximize our reach.
The Kids Matter presentation fee is $275 for 1 presentation, $250 each for 2 presentations, or $225 for 3 or more presentations, plus applicable costs for travel and accommodations. This fee includes a Kids Matter gift for each child, teaching and community resources for teachers, and valuable information for children about personal safety in a fun and interactive presentation! STOPS to Violence can work with your group or community to discuss sponsorship options to help cover some or all of the presentation costs, if needed.
Requesting a Kids Matter Presentation in Your Community
The first step in booking a Kids Matter presentation is to send us a request online. CLICK HERE to access our online booking request form.
We thank the Community Initiatives Fund for their continued support of Kids Matter!