Welcome to Kids Matter!
Kids Matter is an educational abuse prevention program that incorporates puppetry, facilitation, body movement, interactive discussion and skill building activities to educate children ages 5-12 (grades K-7) about personal safety, saying no, and seeking help. Presentations are delivered to school and community groups throughout Saskatchewan by teams of trained facilitators.
When adults support children in developing their understanding of healthy, positive relationships children are more likely to seek help, and recognize that violence is not their fault. Educators are provided with both immediate and long-term follow up activities to do with the children to continue their learning about safety. Although it can be uncomfortable to talk about abuse and violence, educating children about personal safety and abuse in an appropriate way helps prepare them for potentially dangerous situations. Prevention education and early intervention are the best ways to empower children to be healthy, strong and safe.
Kids Matter is being delivered to communities across Saskatchewan by STOPS to Violence, and in Prince Albert in partnership with Prince Albert Mobile Crisis.
What does 'Kids Matter' teach?
During our Kids Matter presentations children will take part in interactive discussions that include learning on:
Personal safety and violence prevention
Instincts as signals of potential danger
Understanding 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
Practice identifying emotions and using self-regulation strategies to calm themselves in stressful situations
Strategies and problem solving skills to increase personal safety
Understanding what they can do to help others
Each presentation is approximately one hour in length. The presentation for ages 5-8 (grades K-3) discusses personal safety and abuse prevention, focusing on safe and unsafe touch. The presentation for ages 9-12 (grades 4-6) addresses personal safety and abuse prevention, including responding to bullying and interpersonal violence.
The group size for each presentation can be no larger than 40 children, this allows our facilitators to interact with the students for an engaging experience. If possible, we aim to coordinate multiple presentations in a community or region to help maximize our reach. For each adult in attendance all presentations include educators packages that contain valuable pre and post presentations information and activities. Children also receive gift items to remind them what we learned during the presentation.
The Kids Matter presentations do have a cost; however, we understand that funding can be a barrier to accessing important educational resources. For this reason we ask that schools and community groups contribute what they are able to. Full sponsorship is available for groups who require it. Please contact the Kids Matter Coordinator for more details.
Requesting a Kids Matter Presentation
The first step in booking a Kids Matter presentation is to send us a request online.
Click below to access our online booking request form.