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Lesson 16: Dealing with Inappropriate Touch


In this lesson, students learn what to do if they are ever touched inappropriately. After defining the word problem, they identify caring adults they could go to for help with problems. They learn that there are different kinds of touch and contrast safe touches with two types of touch that can be problems: unsafe and secret touches (sexual abuse). The teacher emphasizes that children are never at fault if they receive unsafe or secret touches. Students learn and practice how to respond to secret touches. Then they complete an activity sheet that helps them review what to do if they experience an unsafe or secret touch.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between safe, unsafe and secret touches.
  2. Explain that unsafe and secret touches should be reported to a trusted adult.
  3. Explain that it’s not children’s fault if someone touches them in an inappropriate way.
  4. Explain that children have the right to tell others not to touch their bodies.
  5. Demonstrate how to effectively ask for help if they are touched in an inappropriate way.

SEL Connection

  • responsible decision making

Time: 35 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • V-8: Get help to prevent or stop unwanted or inappropriate touching.
  • V-9: Get help to stop being subjected to violence or physical abuse.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.4: Describe ways to prevent common childhood injuries and health problems.
  • Standard 4: Communication
  • Performance Indicator 4.5.2: Demonstrate refusal skills that avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Performance Indicator 4.5.4: Demonstrate how to ask for assistance to enhance personal health.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.5.3: Demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
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