The news has been dominated by the disappearance and rescue of Cleo Smith. Here are some resources to help talk to your children about what's happened.
Much of Australia anxiously followed the news for updates about the disappearance of four-year-old Cleo Smith.
With the happy news this week that she had been located and quickly reunited with her family, and the subsequent media coverage, you may have found your children asking questions about Cleo.
As educator and parenting expert Maggie Dent explains in the video below, what happened to Cleo was extremely rare and statistically extremely unlikely, so it’s best not to scare children. Maggie points out that statistically, children are more likely to be harmed at the hands of someone they know. She discusses how you can talk about protective behaviours in the video.
We’ve compiled these resources to help you talk to children about Cleo.
- Our list of children’s books on the ABC’s: anatomy, boundaries and consent
- Our interview with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation on keeping our kids safe
- This free ebook ‘Virtual Childhoods’ by Caroline Ellen on understanding our children’s lives online
- This article on how movies and books can help you discuss consent with teens
- Our detailed book review of ‘My Body! What I Say Goes!‘ by Jayneen Sanders
- The article included in this Best of the Web post
- The isPodcast interview with Brandon Friedman of Elephant Ed on consent (interview starts at the 7-minute mark).