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Crisis Management & Prevention/Safety Videos

Alone at Home
17 minutes 

Armed with only a key to their front door, "latchkey children" must fend for themselves until an adult comes home. Points covered include how to handle emotional factors (such as loneliness and fear); routine safety procedures (house security, telephone, household rules); emergencies (first aid, fire); and one's time (homework, chores, projects). Grade level:

Child Proofing the Internet
(2000) 30 minutes 

School psychologist and author Carol Freeman offers answers to some of the most difficult questions regarding children and Internet use. Grade level: 12 & up

Child Safety at Home
(1992) 30 minutes 

Covers choking, burns, bleeding, drowning, shock, poison, head/eye/nose injuries, bites and stings, convulsions, fire safety and emergency phone calls giving definitions, causes and safeguards for each. Everyone involved in caring for children should watch this video.

Dying is not an Option: Thinking about Suicide
25 minutes 

Since the 1960s, the rate of suicide among adolescents has tripled. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for those between 15 and 24. These shocking statistics make it clear that young people need help learning how to survive their hard times. Reassuring and honest, this video informs teens about the specific warning signs of suicide and uses real teen speakers to get its points across. Grade level: 7-12

Eternal Scars: Physical & Emotional Child Abuse
(2001) 24 minutes 

Sarcastic and rude statements to children can leave a wound as deep as a cigarette burn or welts from a belt. This important program looks at both physical and emotional abuse, and the lifetime effects they may have on children. We'll touch on what you can do if you recognize abuse of someone you know.

Fire Safety for Kids
(1995) 23 minutes 

Join in as Beasel the Easel and Hector the Smoke Detector sound the alarm on fire safety. With a cast of delightful characters and an original soundtrack of memorable songs, children learn what to do if a smoke detector sounds, clothing catches fire, and smoke fills a room. Grade level: PreK-2

Home and on Your Own
(1993) 18 minutes 

Help parents and children decide when it's safe to be home alone. Dramatic vignettes portray common problems kids face when they're on their own after school. Parents and children discuss their experiences and solutions to concerns such as: deciding when a child is ready; setting limits and rules; ensuring the child's safety; and preventing alcohol and drug abuse.

I Am Your Child - Safe from the Start
(2000) 23 minutes 

Childhood is a time of growth, experimentation and learning. Although a few bumps and scrapes are to be expected along the way, there are many things parents and caregivers can do to help prevent serious childhood injuries. Also available in Spanish � Seguros Desde el inicio

I Can Be Safe
(2004) 13 minutes (K-4)

Potential safety hazards are pointed out at home, school, and other places in the neighborhood. Learn the importance of planning ahead in case an emergency strikes - what to do, where to go, how to escape, and who to call. Other topics include bicycle safety, "home-alone" safety, "stranger danger," and animal safety.

Is It Okay? How to Stay Safe
20 minutes (Grade K-2)

Safety Sam the Fireman and his faithful dog Rescue, teach kids �Ten Super Safety Rules� that cover street safety, personal safety and safety from strangers. Lively songs and true-to-life situations that kids will easily relate to highlight each of these special safety areas and reinforce key safety tips. From taking a friend�s medicine or chasing a ball into the street, to opening the door to a stranger or approaching an unknown animal, this program helps kids recognize what they can do to stay safe! After viewing this program kids will: See how to be safe when playing on the street. Learn to protect themselves from common dangers. Know how to identify and avoid strangers. Remember to yell, yell, yell if someone tries to grab them. Also available on DVD.

It's Your Body: You're in Charge!
20 minutes (Grade K-2)

Empower even the youngest children to feel that they have control over their own bodies. This program helps them differentiate between good and bad touches, learn that they have the right to say �no� to a touch that makes them feel uncomfortable, understand the �touching rule� and realize if they experience a bad touch, they MUST speak up and tell an adult they trust what happened. From the comfort of a hug or the joy of a high-five, to tickling that starts out as fun, but turns unpleasant, to the abusive touching of a private part of a child�s body, this program will give youngsters the courage to protect themselves by speaking up! After viewing this program students will: Trust their feelings about touches Learn what parts of their bodies are private Differentiate between good and bad secrets Recognize that saying �no� and talking to a trusted adult can keep them safe. Also available on DVD.

Kelly Bear Teaches About Personal Safety
(1998) 25 minutes 

Children learn how to stay safe at home by discussing fire safety, telephone and 911 usage, and basic home security. Also addressed is the danger of playing with matches, medicine, cigarettes and guns. Outside safety rules feature "stranger danger." Grade level: K-2

Kelly Bear Teaches About Secret Touching
(1998) 25 minutes 

Children learn about "good touch", "bad touch," and "secret touch". They learn how to protect themselves from abuse by observing children being assertive. If a secret touch happens, the child needs to tell a trusted adult, and secret touching is not the child�s fault are two themes emphasized. Grade level: K-2

Make a Difference: Report Child Abuse and Neglect
28 minutes 

The harsh reality of child abuse and neglect is discussed with professionals who share information regarding what to do if abuse is suspected, the indicators of abuse/neglect, and the tremendous impact on society.

McGruff's Self-Care Alert
(2004) 17 minutes (K-6)

Today, many children must take care of themselves after school until their parents arrive home from work. To help youngsters feel safe from crime while they're alone, McGruff gives some important advice. Digging into his files, McGruff illustrates his message with the experiences of four children who have learned how to protect themselves. McGruff also offers suggestions to help youngsters deal with loneliness. Grades K-6

Safety in the Home
(2004) 13 minutes (Grades K-6)

Uses specific examples to teach general principles of home safety. Also included is a discussion of stranger danger, and gun safety - vital topics for many children who spend time alone. Grades K-6

Self-Injury: From Suffering to Solutions
19 minutes (Grade 7-12)

Address the harmful yet seldom-discussed affliction that affects many teenagers today. Through dramatic portrayals, in-depth interviews, and expert guidance, this comprehensive program uncovers the cyclical nature of self-injury, examining its causes, its victims, and its effects. Students both familiar and unfamiliar with self-injurious behavior will learn ways to recognize the problem and to help themselves and others. Included in the discussion are stress-management techniques and positive coping skills that can help guide students toward healthy and enjoyable lifestyles. A Further Learning Web page supplements the program, providing learning objectives, interactive and up-to-date Web resources approved for content, print resources, and an online teacher's guide. Grade 7-12

Stranger Smart

Your child will learn: How to avoid the eleven most common kidnap traps. Right and wrong types of body language. How to say "No" to strangers. What to do if someone touches them in a wrong way. Plus many other safety-related principles and skills.

Suicide: Dead is Forever
18 minutes 

This video focuses on the teen view of suicide. Teens often don't have enough experience to handle difficult problems. Given other options, they may not have gone through with a suicide plan.

Teenage Crises: The Fateful Choices
29 minutes 

This video addresses many of the significant problems encountered by today's teens: addiction, violence, pregnancy, AIDS and depression/suicide. Teenage Crisis aims to shake up the notion of teen invincibility by talking to young people who have paid a price for their poor choices. The participants in the video are real. They include kids in prison, single young women with children and an Olympic swimming champion.

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