Magen Yeladim Safety Kid Program
The Safety Kid program is a comprehensive school program that teaches children in a fun and non-threatening way how to keep themselves safe from potential perpetrators. But much more than that, this program includes components for staff and parents as well. It teaches them: How to incorporate the material into their classrooms; How to spot signs of abuse; How to react appropriately in case a disclosure is in fact made. Based on the National Child Abuse Prevention Network’s recognized abuse prevention program and adapted for the Orthodox community by the Aleinu Resource Center of the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, the Safety Kid program is the first of its kind to bring this critical education to Jewish schools across the country, and now in New Jersey as well through Project S.A.R.A.H.
If you are interested in finding out more about the program or in bringing it to your school, please contact Project S.A.R.A.H. Further resources online can be found at Aleinu’s Safety Kid website. Program also known as “Magen Yeladim.”
Here are some resources for parents to help address the issue of keeping kids safe from abuse:
- Talking to Your Children About Intimacy: A Guide for Orthodox Jewish Parents, Sara Diament, M.A.
- It’s My Body, Lory Freeman
- My Body is Private, Linda Walvoord Girard
- My Body Belongs to Me, Channing Bete Company
- My Body Belongs to Me, Jill Starishevsky
- Uncle Moishy’s Safety on Torah Island CD (used as part of the Aleinu Safety Kid program).
Here is a fantastic video of R’ Yakov Horowitz (of Project YES and Yeshiva Darchei Noam) speaking to parents about how to protect their children from abuse: Speaking To Your Kids About Personal Safety from Yakov Horowitz.
.And here is an interview with New York Assistant District Attorney (and author of one of the books linked above) discussing her experience as a prosecutor dealing with child sexual abuse cases.
Please contact us if you are interested in bringing the Aleinu Safety Kid program to your child’s school. 973-777-7638 x154
Keeping Your Kids Safe While Using the Internet
1) K9 WebProtection (www.k9webprotection.com)
K9 delivers solid filtering and time limit restrictions with a user-friendly interface that allows you to control Internet use in your home. In addition to filtering the categories or sites you choose, Blue Coat WebFilter helps identify and block illegal or undesirable content in real time, including malware-infected sites. You also benefit from the WebPulse cloud service, a growing community of more than 62 million users who provide more than six billion real-time Web content ratings per day. Caching is the method your Web browser uses to save frequently used data, which increases efficiency by reducing the amount of information requested over the Internet. K9 uses Blue Coat’s unique caching technology, so your Internet experience is always as fast as possible.
2) The Filternet (www.thefilternet.com)
Filternet allows you to setup multiple accounts for each family member with different filtering levels for each. (Some minimum filtering always will remain in place.) Changes to your settings can be done by whoever holds the password. It is suggested to have a friend or your spouse hold the password.
3) Safe Eyes (www.internetsafety.com)
Fast, effective, and affordable filter that protects your family from harmful content and other dangers on the internet. Helps parents manage content on websites, videos, music, social networking, instant messaging, gaming, sets time limits, prepares activity reports and is owned by McAfee Anti-Virus. Free 30 Day Trial.
3) TheJNet – (www.thejnet.com)
TheJnet is the only Internet service provider in the nation that offers proxy-free, server-based filtering in combination with customized levels of access. Jnet’s filtering is flexible: you can choose a separate level of filtering for each computer on your account. You can also block certain parts of a website (e.g. video) while still allowing access to the site itself. Filtering levels include: email only, whitelist, 5 levels of blacklists and a special business track. All Jnet plans can have an optional “Mehadrin” add-on that blocks pictures of people as well.
Project S.A.R.A.H. ● 925 Allwood Rd. Clifton, NJ 07012 ● email@example.com ● (973) 777-7638