Protection of Children & Youth
TEACHING OUR CHILDREN HOW TO STAY SAFE
As soon as our children start venturing out on their own, we as parents start worrying about their safety. We tell them not to talk to strangers. We ask them what time they’re going to be home. We talk to them about who they should go to at a store if they’re separated from us.
You are not the only one who cares about the safety of your children. Our Faith Formation program is strongly committed to keeping all the children of our parish safe, both at church and outside of it. To meet that goal, all parish staff members and all volunteers who work with our children, including our catechists, have attended training sessions dealing with this topic.
As required by the Archdiocese, we also teach two lessons in our faith formation classes about personal safety appropriate to each grade level. We will be teaching these lessons in November (Preschool - K, Gr. 1 - 3, Gr. 6 ) and January (Grade 5 and Grades 7 - 10).
The programs are age-appropriate and respect parents’ role as their children’s primary educators.
Parents have an opportunity to review all program materials before their children receive instruction.
Parents may sign a form to opt their children out of personal safety instruction (opt-out form available by clicking here and returning to Connie Hill.)
We encourage you to take a look at the curriculum; you can access them by grade level below. You are always welcome to sit in the class with your child during the safety lesson as well.
GRADES 6 - 8
Students in Grades 6 – 8 will be using the NSTeens curriculum from NetSmartz, which uses animated videos to teach internet safety to middle schoolers. Click on each title to watch the video.
Students in high school will be viewing and discussing a PowerPoint Presentation on internet safety for high school students. The videos included in this PowerPoint Presentation are Survivor Diaries, 6 Degrees of Information, and Your Photo Fate (click to view).
You as parents undoubtedly have many safety rules you’ve taught your children. Since your children will be talking in their classes about how to stay safe, we encourage you to take some time to talk with them about what they learned and to review your own family rules. Check out a brochure from the Archdiocese, Resource for Parents, or the Archdiocesan web page on the Protection of Children and Youth.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Connie Hill at 651-738-0677, ext. 14.
All volunteers working with children and youth are required to complete a background check form, participate in a VIRTUS training session and sign the Volunteer Code of Conduct. VIRTUS training is a three hour awareness session which better equips adults to protect children in the world around them. It is required of all clergy, deacons, school and parish employees as well as all volunteers who are in regular or unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18. This awareness session makes trainees understand the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse. In addition, volunteers are also required to update their training/background checks every three years:
Instructions can be found below:
Volunteer Application (for New Volunteers)
Release Form for background check from another parish/school to be shared with Blessed Sacrament (background check must be less than three years old
PRESCHOOL - GRADE 5
In our Preschool to Grade 5 Faith Formation classes we use a curriculum called Kidsmartz “Know the Rules.” It is one of the options selected by the Archdiocese and created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The four rules emphasized by the NCMEC are:
(1) Check first
(2) Take a friend
(3) Tell people no
(4) Tell a trusted adult.
You can watch the videos that are used in these presentations in the right column.