JOPLIN, Mo. – A nonprofit organization partners with a local school district.
The Children’s Center goes into the classroom to teach Joplin students about body safety.
This is part of a law that requires all school districts in Missouri to provide sexual abuse prevention training.
“Our training covers cyberbullying, bullying and online safety. It encompasses all abuse, ”said Desiree Breidenstein, Children’s Center Community Outreach Coordinator.
The Children’s Center goes inside local classrooms to teach students about body safety.
They train students in grades 6 to 12 on safety and the resources available.
“It’s just an added level of security that if the child knows how to identify that something is going on, it shouldn’t be happening. Or that someone makes them uncomfortable, it’s going to help them deal with those feelings and figure out what to do next, ”said Breidenstein.
They teach the program at Joplin Public Schools, Monett R-1 Schools, and Liberal R-Two students.
The children’s center received a grant for the program so that they could offer free materials to students.
“Being educated on how and what should be happening with their body helps them identify and helps them speak out,” Breidenstein said.
Joplin Public Schools are expanding their program called Teen Safety Matters.
Last year it was only offered to sixth graders and will now be taught until grade 12.
“Our goal is, with legislation and through our policy, to make sure that students are aware of the signs of sexual abuse, know how to report cases of sexual abuse and also know what is available to them to help them. “Sarah Mwangi said. , JPS Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services
The program will also teach students about online safety and help them identify safe adults in their lives.
For more resources on mandatory journalist training, click here, and to help report child abuse, click here.