Talking to your children about stuff like child abuse is really, really tough. I can remember feeling really worried about broaching the subject, but also really wanting to let them know that they can always talk to us, especially if another adult ever made them feel uncomfortable or wanted them to keep a secret. Enter the NSPCC’s very clever Pantosauras campaign. I know this is a bit off topic for me, but I just thought the campaign was SO brilliant, it really deserves to be shared.
Before you say it, I know this kind of thing has been done before, but I think there are several reasons why this really works (aside from the very catchy tune). Firstly, it’s the cutest thing ever, and there’s absolutely no awkwardness or embarrassment involved. Secondly, I think it’s mega-empowering. Whoever thought that there was a great way to tell your children that it’s okay so say, indeed, shout NO! to an adult? Thirdly, it very cleverly addresses the good/bad secrets scenario – I remember always really struggling with that, there’s lovely birthday party secrets, then there’s sinister ones, and that can be difficult to explain. I love the way the easy graphics show how children can handle a situation if they’re upset or anxious: by telling someone that they like talking to. Check out the video here. Guarantee you’ll be singing along – we all were!
How adorable is that?
The brilliant website has loads more information and advice, like when you should broach the subject and how to do it, and also advice for foster carers and teachers.
And honestly? If this one share saves one child from the misery of child abuse, then I’ll feel like I’ve done my bit today. All together now… ‘pants, pants, Pantosaurus’.