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In the elementary schools, CAP is presented every year in every school. The principals send a letter to the parents informing them when CAP will be implemented. Every other year, the schools are asked to present an adult workshop for interested parents and other adults.
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In the parishes the safe environment program for children is called Child Lures Prevention: Think First and Stay Safe. The program is based on the theory that predators use lures to distract and catch children. The program teaches our children the various lures predators use. This helps to keep our children safe.
Parish catechetical leaders and catechists, click here for information on implementing the Think First & Stay Safe program.
The Cornerstones of the Child Lures Prevention program is the basic, introductory philosophy of the overall program. A few moments should be devoted to discussing the Cornerstones at the beginning of each lesson each year. Following the review of the Cornerstones, the catechist would then proceed to one of the lures being presented.
The learning objectives of the Cornerstones are:
- Most people are safe most of the time
- Sometimes some people who seem nice can turn violent
- Those people who hurt children use “lures” to trap them
- It is a crime for any adult to sexually abuse a child
- It is wrong for an adult to touch a child in his/her “bathing suit zone” except for certain situations
- We follow our instincts to help keep us safe from dangerous people or situations
Keeping in mind the age of the children you are teaching (from Grade One to Eight) you may summarize the above objectives in your words followed by a brief discussion.