We created this page specifically for parents because, as parents ourselves, we understand that the thought of human trafficking can be immobilizing and scary when it feels like it hits too close to home. It is our job to protect our babies, after all!
As professionals, however, we know that if we do not address the issues surrounding human trafficking with our kids at a very early age, we miss out on the opportunity to do just that...protect them. Using age appropriate resources that cover topics from consent to digital citizenship to human trafficking, we encourage parents to be intentional and have some tough conversations with their kids beginning as early as toddler age. Below, we've given you some of the resources that we use in our own homes.
No Means No!: Teaching children about personal boundaries, respect and consent; empowering kids by respecting their choices and their right to say, 'No!' by Jayneen Sanders - a great book on consent to read with very young children and includes discussion questions to help facilitate future conversations.
I Said No!: A Kid-to-Kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private by Zack and Kimberly King - a good book to read with kids five years old and up.
It's Not the Stork: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie Harris - A book for parents to teach their children ages 4-8 about bodies, age-appropriate sex and pregnancy discussion, families, consent, and boundaries. A companion book in a 3 part age-appropriate series, It’s So Amazing (ages 7-10), and It’s Perfectly Normal (ages 10+).
The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls by Valorie Schaefer - the first book in a series sold by American Girl explaining all of the changes in a girl's body, how to care for herself, and what to expect from others. There is also a companion journal for girls to work through and additional books for older girls including The Care and Keeping of You 2 and The Feelings Book and Is This Normal?
The NC Department of Justice has some great information on their website, as well as some downloadable resources available below.