Children growing up in a digital world need extra tools to stay safe from predators. The resources on this website have been compiled to empower parents, educators, child-care providers, and community members to protect children against sex trafficking and other forms of child sexual abuse. Many things can increase a child's vulnerability, such as unhealthy relationships, unfiltered social media or internet access, exposure to pornography, sexting, bullying, substance abuse, homelessness, low self-confidence, etc. With increased awareness and education, you can help Montana children become resistant to all forms of sexual exploitation.
Archived: School-Based SEL as a Foundation for Abuse Prevention: A State and Schools Collaboration in GA
Although some may see child abuse prevention and social-emotional learning (SEL) as two different domains, leaders within the Georgia Division of Child and Family Services (Prevention and Community Support Section) and Atlanta Public Schools understand that SEL can be primary prevention for their community. Just as the founding researchers of Committee for Children (creators of the Second Step program) discovered nearly 40 years ago, victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse often lack fundamental social and emotional competencies, such as emotion management, empathy, and social awareness. In a state plagued by some of the highest rates of child sexual abuse in the nation, Georgia leaders embarked on an ambitious program to fund and create long-term, systemic change within their communities via schools and districts, with the goal of decreasing the prevalence of abuse across their state. Join this live webinar to hear firsthand from Section Director of Prevention and Community Support Natalie Towns and Social Emotional Learning Coordinator for Atlanta Public Schools Tara Shelton about practical strategies and learnings from their statewide collaboration and what it’s meant for local schools.