My Body! What I Say Goes! Indigenous Edition
A book to empower and teach children about personal body safety, feelings, safe and unsafe touch, private parts, secrets and surprises, consent, and respectful relationships.
Through age-appropriate illustrations and engaging text, this book will empower children by teaching them crucial skills in personal body safety. This in turn will help protect them from inappropriate touch.
Also included are in-depth Discussion Questions to further enhance the learning and to initiate important conversations around body autonomy.
Written by the author of ‘No Means No!’ and ‘Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept’, this book will teach children the following crucial and empowering skills in personal body safety:
identifying safe and unsafe feelings
recognizing early warning signs
developing a safety network
using the correct names for private parts
understanding the difference safe and unsafe touch
understanding the difference between secrets and surprises
respecting body boundaries.
Approximately 20% of girls, and 8% of boys will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday (Pereda, et al, 2009). Parents, caregivers, and educators have a duty of care to protect children by teaching them Body Safety skills. These skills empower children, and go a long way in keeping them safe from abuse — ensuring they grow up as assertive and confident teenagers and adults.
The crucial skills taught in this book will empower children to say in a strong and clear voice, “This is my body! What I say goes!”
Best suited to children aged 3 to 9 years.
“Fantastic. Couldn’t recommend it more. My children (aged 3 and 5) loved it and the concepts were so well-explained and age-appropriate.”
Dr Marnie Cumner D.Psych. (Clinical Neuropsychology) MAPS, CCN Clinical Neuropsychologist
“As a teacher and managing director of an organisation that is passionate about teaching protective behaviours/body safety education to children, I can see ‘MY BODY! What I say GOES! as being the one ‘go to’ book for all parents of young children. I’m already recommending it to everyone I meet. This book covers all aspects of personal safety and abuse prevention in a non-threatening and fun manner, with appealing illustrations and clear, simple text. If you haven’t started empowering your children yet, buy this book and start today.”
“As a parent, I am very grateful to Jayneen Sanders for creating such a necessary and helpful resource for teaching young children about body safety and autonomy.”
“An excellent addition to the suite of resources produced by Jayneen Sanders. With clear child-friendly language, and cheerful illustrations this book is empowering.”
Yael Clark, Perinatal and Paediatric Psychologist: www.supporting parents.com.au
“By the author of ‘Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept’, this book incorporates a number of evidence-based prevention concepts such as establishing body safety rules, distinguishing public and private body parts, and teaching help seeking strategies in a way that will engage young readers, their parent(s) and caregivers.”
Dr Kerryann Walsh, Associate Professor, Co-leader ‘Childhoods in Changing Contexts’ Research Group, Queensland University of Technology
“This is exactly what I was hoping for. Raises awareness of body safety without being scary for my 5 year old.”
“My daughter loves this book. It’s easy to understand and a great way to start this type of conversation with your child. She’s 3.5 and is the perfect age for this book.”