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Don't Outsource Child Safety Education
by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

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6/12/13

Don’t Outsource Child Safety Education

Dear Parents:

Please don’t rely on anyone else to do what is your overriding and primary responsibility as a parent – to keep your children safe and secure. The greatest gift you can give them is to become well versed in the theory and practice of child safety education so that you can help keep them safe and secure at all times.

This is not something that you can outsource to others.

Educating parents about child safety and giving you the tools and language to have these conversations with your kids in an effective, research-based manner has been our highest priority for the past 4-5 years.

With the chesed of Hashem, we are pleased to inform you that as a free public service, The Karasick Child Safety Initiative of The Center for Jewish Family Life/Project YES just released three "Child Safety On-the-Fly" mini-videos which can help you learn and then convey the critical messages of child safety to your children.

Here are links to view the three videos on YouTube and below are additional links to download them from our website free of charge if your filter blocks YouTube content, or should you wish to store it on your PC or mobile device for future use.

1. Video #1 http://youtu.be/O3i9Gdlbw1g – Introduction: Brief overview of the four safety messages and some insight to why they are so effective

2. Video #2 http://youtu.be/zS7WBs_osNE – detailed explanation of safety messages 1 and 2

3. Video #3 http://youtu.be/lp0vjJolygQ – detailed explanation of safety messages 3 and 4

To download the videos to your computer:

1. http://tinyurl.com/childsafetyonthefly1

2. http://tinyurl.com/childsafetyonthefly2

3. http://tinyurl.com/childsafetyonthefly3

Although they were made as an educational supplement to our groundbreaking children’s safety book, “Let’s Stay Safe!”,and thedownloadable read-aloud video version of the book, they are designed to be free-standing as well, meaning that one does not need to have the book to benefit from viewing these videos. We also took care to exclude any Jewish content in these videos so the broadest range of parents can benefit from them.

Please note that the 4-5 minute videos of the “On-The-Fly” series were created to reflect the shorter attention spans and faster pace of life nowadays – where most of us are far more likely to view a short clip on our tablets and/or smartphones than sit down to review a half-hour video. Having said that, the 32-minute free Child Safety Video which we released several years ago is still available here and please consider viewing that one as it contains more details and background information that you may find helpful. You can also find a host of free resources on child safety here including a 3-page introduction to our Child Safety Book by the renowned child safety expert Dr. David Pelcovitz.

Child safety education really works – as recently evidenced here, so please make sure you take advantage of the protection it offers your kids.

Please pass these links along to people on your email lists as the only way our kids will be safe is when each and every one of them is trained in child safety.

On a personal note, I blocked time to finish taping these videos last week despite the fact that my wife was sitting shiva for her father a”h because I wanted you to have them in time to discuss personal safety with your kids before they go off to summer camp. May the increased safety of our children that these videos will hopefully generate be a ze’chus for my father-in-law’s neshama – Reb Aryeh Leib Ben Reb Shlomo a”h.

We hope you find this helpful, and best wishes for endless nachas from your child and grandchildren.

Yakov Horowitz

Director, The Center for Jewish Family Life/Project YES



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1. thank you     6/26/13 - 11:34 PM
Anonymous - NY

Thank you Rabbi Horowitz for these very informative and necessary videos. I watched all 3 and then the long version. i already had 2 good talks with my kids ages 4 and 6, the second one using Lets Stay Safe as a springboard for our discussion. In the zchus of your great work may all the children of klal yisrael stay safe this summer and always!


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2. One more aspect of predators that needs addressing     7/2/13 - 2:23 PM
Esther

Sometimes the predators use bribing instead of intimidation. Please consider strategies for teaching kids to deal with someone who gives them candy or money to keep secrets. You see, just teaching a kid not to keep secrets doesn't work so well when the kid LIKES the secret. They may well disobey about keeping secrets in the same way as they disobey other parental instructions that they don't feel like following at a given moment.

B'hatzlacha on your wonderful work.

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