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Safety Education

"If you never tell someone [about the abuse], they're going to keep on doing it. That's why I could tell my principal or my mom or my teacher."

-Kindergarten student

The message of ChildBuilders’ Safety Education Program is simple:

KNOW – Recognize potentially dangerous situations; learn and practice personal safety rules that help avoid risk

DO – Have a plan of action; think ahead about what to do in a scary, dangerous or uncomfortable situation

TELL –  Ask someone you trust for help; it’s important to tell someone about situations that are uncomfortable, confusing, dangerous and threatening.

Why is safety education important?

In order to prevent wounds inside and out we must equip our children with knowledge, life skills, and an action plan!

  • In 2010 there were over 55,442 reports of child abuse/neglect in Houston. Yellowstone Academy Safety Education
  • A child is reported missing every 37 seconds and 2/3 of those abducted are sexually assaulted.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24.
  • Young women ages 16-24 are four times more likely to be date raped than any other age group.

The cycle of abuse will continue from generation to generation until children and adolescents are taught the proper life skills to protect themselves. Our safety education program is a proactive primary prevention tool that prevents the likelihood of child victimization which could lead to lifelong physical and mental illness.


Safety Education for Young Children

Trained volunteers and school personnel explore issues such as child abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, and abduction with children in prekindergarten through 2nd grade.. Videos and puppets are used to present the material.

Safety Education for Older Children and Adolescents

More mature subjects such as depression, sexual harassment, eating disorders, running away, domestic violence, and peer pressure are explored with adolescents. Volunteers use videotaped vignettes to facilitate discussions (3rd grade through high school).

The WHO program was created by Mental Health America of Greater Dallas.

Curriculum Content


  • Hurts (physical abuse)
  • Touches (sexual abuse)

Kindergarten through Second Grade

  • Strangers
  • Hurts (physical abuse)
  • Secrets
  • Touches (sexual abuse)

Third and Fourth Grade

  • Strangers
  • Bullies/Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Peer Pressure
  • Internet Dangers Safety

Fifth and Sixth Grade

  • Physical and Emotional Abuse/Bullies
  • Bullies
  • Peer Pressure
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Media Violence

Seventh through Ninth Grade

  • Peer Pressure
  • Physical and Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Running Away

Tenth Grade through Twelfth Grade

  • Societal and Peer Pressure
  • Date Rape
  • Pre-marital Battering
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Physical Abuse


  • Students learn to develop appropriate decision-making and communication skills
  • Students are taught how to stay safe, how to handle threatening situations, and how to get help
  • Students learn that it is never the victim’s fault
  • Students engage parents by providing take-home materials for them to read
  • Students and parents will gain knowledge that will make children safer by reducing the chances of being victimized


We are currently conducting a quasi-experimental evaluation to assess for fidelity of implementation and using a control group to establish the programs’ efficacy. Many thanks to Houston Endowment, Inc. for funding. Three evaluation studies of the WHO program have been conducted using a pre-test/post-test control group design with random assignment to groups. All studies reported statistically significant increases in knowledge of concepts and strategies of personal safety.

The Safety Education program is based on the WHO (We Help Ourselves) Program – created by Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. ChildBuilders has been presenting the program in Houston since 2003.

To request a presentation please contact ChildBuilders at 713-481-6555 or To become trained, please register here.

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