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SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN BY A CHILD

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This video is meant for children to watch and discuss amongst themselves how they can keep safe. Taryn, who is six years old, gives her ideas to other young children about how to keep safe.

It will be of use to every primary school teacher, parent or other adults involved with children. Please send out the link to them. The original is in English and two separate videos have Spanish and French subtitles – see links above.

It is intended as a resource for use in primary schools as part of the curriculum for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).

It is copyright free if used for educational purposes. Please be free to share with other educators, groups, parents and children.

We are trying to develop a video gallery of children talking with each other about how to keep safe in their own environments. Please contact SafetyTipsforChildrenbyachild@gmail.com

em>This digital story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous new media and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.

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Potter's picture

Monica! Monica!

This is amazing! This should be shown in every school everywhere! It should win awards. And that young lady deserves a million red baloons! What a great concept for your video. Powerful and effective! (I feel a bit badly for the lady who was denied kisses but got a bite and an elbow instead. The character she played deserved what she got. But as a volunteer actress, she deserves a big thank you!)

Monica Clarke's picture

Thanks Jana!

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response! Coming from an educator I appreciate it even more.

Jana, I looked at your profile and feel that you are being brought onto my horizon at this time for a reason ....... Are you terribly busy at the moment? Any time to work with me on cleaning up our schools in South Africa? Don't know if you saw my article about rape in the schools there - http://www.worldpulse.com/node/48502. I would soooooooo much like to do something about it.

Your having worked in Sierra Leone caught my eye as I would like to replicate the Classroom Assistant idea in SA (see article) - not sure if you are acquainted with it. I need to have a strategic approach mapped out and I feel strongly that you might be the person to lean on please?

I saw the PCDN website and am going to sign up as well ...!

Please send me a response via email monicagclarke@gmail.com Skype id monicagracie ..... Look forward to meeting you/ speaking with you.

Thanks again for your encouragement. I am also looking to map out a plan for dissemination of the video on Child Safety by a Child to teachers' networks, for I am preparing a powerpoint presentation for classroom use so people can develop lesson plans for use in classrooms around the film....what do you think?

Would love to talk!

Love from Monica in France (can phone US without extra cost as well)

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

Dear Monica

OMG! OMG! This is such an amazing video - so damn good. Its the most beautiful, funny, cute and adorable video on child rights I have ever see.
I want to share this video everywhere with my friends. And you just won my heart , all over again. Damn it, I wish you were in India, so I could meet that little grandkid of yours and give both of you a hug!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Monica Clarke's picture

You are already family

Dearest Stella

You are sooooooo in my heart, I want to reach out and nibble your cheeks, I want to hold you, feel your body against mine, pass my love into you, nurture you, my darling child. Yes, I hope we meet up one day. I know that you WILL be coming to Europe - soon. The arrows of your path are pointing this way across the Indian Ocean. (If you go on the VOF tour - and I pray you do!) - make sure you fly over Europe. I'll break a leg to meet you in London whenever you have to fly over this continent.

Hey - how about us speaking on Skype soon? This weekend is good for me. We are 1 hour ahead of GMT. My id is monicagracie. Any chance? Perhaps you could give me guidance on how to give the video its best exposure? It's overtime that we meet face to face!

Lots of love and hugs, Moni

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

Stella Paul's picture

Would Love that

My dear grand lady

I would love to chat with you on skype. I am going to add you.there now.

I am 5& half hours ahead of you. But since I am a night bird, staying up late is my habit. So, Sunday evening anytime you are free, just send an order to stellasglobe@gmail.com
That's my email. Once I get the email, I will come to skype.

Now, here is how you can make more people see this video:

Share it on whichever social media you are on, on Monday. Why Monday? Because on weekend, people do not access net so much. You begin by sharing it on google plus, then on Facebook and other sites.
I will share it with my followers on Monday too. Believe me, everyone's going to love it.

Hugs

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Insha Allah's picture

great video

Dear Monica,

This is awesome video. I am downloading it and showing it to my nephews and niece and share to those parents, care givers and teachers. Thank you so much. You always bring such wonderful piece into this Pulse Wire community.

Best Regards,
Insha

Shwe Wutt Hmon

Monica Clarke's picture

Thank you!

Thanks Insha. Do tell teachers that I have also made a powerpoint presentation, which can be sent by post for them to use if they send me an email. They can add notes to the powerpoint presentation and can also stop and start it where and when they want to, so that the children can join in with an activity. My email address is monicagclarke@gmail.com

Hoping my little grandchild (the actress) will help towards giving other children strength!

Love and hugs from Monica

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

Michelle Coburn's picture

Fantastiese werk!

Hi Monica,

How fabulous to see this video 'up there' where it belongs. Every time I watch it, I think your granddaughter is a perfect teacher - just like her ouma!

I have no doubt that this project is going to have an impact where it's needed most thanks to your hard work and commitment through some tough challenges.

Dankie, dankie, dankie!

Love Michelle

Michelle Coburn
Twitter: @M_Coburn

Monica Clarke's picture

You are the foundation

Thank you so much Michelle. I think of our children in SA continually. I think of you, and the commitment you have to our kids there, and I solute you, Michelle. You will know what I mean, as a sister S.African, when I say that for you to be giving your time to our kids in the townships is truly a dream come true for me as a veteran oldie in exile, who never dreamt in the early 1980s when I fled SA that there were good young people like you in our lives, around us, and we never even saw you, because we were so involved with our own anger. Bless you Michelle. You will be rewarded in ways you can never imagine.

Thank you for supporting me.I am indeed fortunate to have met you on WP.

Love and lorry loads of hugs

from Monica

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

usha kc's picture

Great ! Great!! Great!!!.

Great ! Great!! Great!!!.
For making this video , million thanx from the core of my heart my dear Monica sister.

Wow!!!!!!!!!! I am gonna share it soon.

Hug to you and yes for this lil girl!

Monica Clarke's picture

Thanks Usha

Thanks Usha. I hope it will be useful in classrooms.

Hey, just had an idea. Any chance you could do a translation into your local language then I'll do the movie and powerpoint with subtitles for use in schools there? Is Napalese your first language? do you have time to do a translation? - the text is not long, about two A4 pages.

I think I'll ask others to do the same - what do you think, Usha? My granddaughter asked me whether I could get it done in Mandarine coz she's sooooo excited about talking to other children around the world......

What do you think?

Love and hugs, Monica

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

Breese's picture

Wonderful!

Hi Monica,
What a wonderful video with helpful tips for children from a peer! Taryn is very clever, brave, and also adorable! And the tips are great. Just one suggestion - to protect your personal privacy and security, I advise you not to post your email address in public posts, photos, or videos on the internet, so it's not shared with people you don't know or trust.
Thanks again for this wonderful video! I wish I had my own children to show it to!

Monica Clarke's picture

Thanks Breese

Thanks Breese for your comment and encouragement.

I need some advice. I'm not sure how one does this, Breese. The whole idea of this video is that is is a personal view which needs to go public. I appreciate your statement about security and do believe that one should protect oneself. On the other hand, my email address is already all over the net on sites like Linkedin and others. I don't particularly want that, but I'm not sure how to get return comment bar giving out my email address. Some sites like WP send automated email responses so I'm protected, but not all of them do.

The whole intention of the video is that it be used in schools and other public places where children meet, for them to watch the movie and send comment back, to promote the idea of child empowerment. That is, the idea is that children talk with each other to discover their own strengths and to use them for self-protection.

How do I get the word out if I keep personal privacy and security as a priority? I've done a powerpoint presentation which I hope people will ask for when they've watched the video, so that they can use this in classrooms for powerpoint gives the feature of stopping and starting for discussion and developing inserting notes etc, a handy teaching tool. I am sending the powerpoint out by post, but people need to write to me to request a copy. I also need feedback. The movie is being disseminated all over the world through my contacts as well as through World Pulse (I hope).

How do I manage to collect feedback into one basket if I don't do it through my email address?

Please give me ideas, for I can't possibly everyday go onto all the sites to find people's comments. This includes all sorts of sites such as teacher's networks and child protection sites all over the world.

Otherwise than sending out my email address, how do I collect comment into one basket?

I do look forward to your comments. (As an afterthought I'm going to put this dilemma out to the group to see how they feel about it as well)

Thanks Breese
Love from Monica

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

Breese's picture

Some ideas for you

Hi Monica! Great questions. Most social networking sites should have privacy settings that allow you to keep your email address private. Most also have a private messaging service, like World Pulse does, so you can engage with other members of the network without sharing your personal contact information (I know LinkedIn has this, not sure where else you're a member).

For websites that do not have this option or if you want to collect all the feedback in one centralized location, you could create a separate email address that is specifically for this video project, and call is something that represents the video instead of using your name. The purpose of keeing your personal contact information private or for people you trust is to avoid receiving spam or any other Internet issues.

You can always refer back to the World Pulse Online Safety and Security Toolkit for more information and resources about safely engaging online: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/solutions/48368

These are just some ideas, what it comes down to is doing what you can to make yourself feel comfortable and safe. I hope this helps!

noreens's picture

Monica, Your video is so

Monica,

Your video is so CUTE, as is your grand daughter! You took a very serious subject and turned it into something "fun" to watch. I never thought that I would smile while watching / listening to a something about child safety. A very simple video with a big message. You did a great job!! A big hug for Taryn.........and for you too!!

Love,
Noreen

P.S. I am going to send it to my sister. She teaches in an elementary school. And I will share it on Facebook.

Monica Clarke's picture

Thanks Noreen

Thanks, Noreen, you are so encouraging! I'm trying to get it into teacher's / child safety networks - will you ask you sister to send me links if she has any please? Love and hugs, Monica

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

Cali gal Michelle's picture

HI Again!

Monica-
So great to see you back posting again. Thank you for posting such an important item we all can share!

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

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Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

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