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Kids Have Rights

Educating children about body safety.

The Children’s Advocacy Center operates the Kids Have Rights® program to teach K-4 students, school staff, parents and caregivers to recognize, prevent and stop child sexual abuse.

Since 2004, we have educated roughly 100,000 students in schools throughout Kent County.

Our program is customized to each grade level, with age-appropriate lessons for all students on these core standards:

  • The eight “rights” all kids have
  • The three types of touch
  • How to identify at least three safe adults in their life
  • How to respond to uncomfortable or unsafe situations by going to their safe adult

KHR Scope and Sequence

2017-2018 School Year

Kinder­garten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade
30 minute presentation30 minute presentation45 minute presentation60 minute presentation60 minute presentation
Learn about the 3 types of touchLearn about the 3 types of touchLearn about the 3 types of touchLearn about the 3 types of touchLearn about the 3 types of touch
Identify the feelings associated with each touchIdentify the feelings associated with each touchIdentify the feelings associated with each touchIdentify the feelings associated with each touchIdentify the feelings associated with each touch
Understand the importance of keeping one’s private parts safeUnderstand the importance of keeping one’s private parts safeUnderstand the importance of keeping one’s private parts safeUnderstand the importance of keeping one’s private parts safeUnderstand the importance of keeping one’s private parts safe
Identify Safe Adults*Recall Safe Adults in their lives and the qualities of a Safe AdultRecall Safe Adults in their lives and the qualities of a Safe AdultRecall Safe Adults in their lives and the qualities of a Safe AdultRecall Safe Adults in their lives and the qualities of a Safe Adult
Understand when to tell a Safe AdultUnderstand when to tell a Safe AdultUnderstand when to tell a Safe AdultUnderstand when to tell a Safe AdultUnderstand when to tell a Safe Adult
Define “The Rule”Define “The Rule”Define “The Rule”Define “The Rule”
Explain the difference between Safe and Unsafe Secrets*Review Safe/Unsafe Secrets/Promises and extension discussion*Review Safe/Unsafe Secrets/Promises and extension discussionReview Safe/Unsafe Secrets/Promises and extension discussion
Reinforce concepts via 12 minute video followed by discussion*Reinforce concepts via 12 minute video followed by discussion*

* Denotes program emphasis for each grade.

Following the Kids Have Rights presentation, your child will bring home three grade-appropriate worksheets. The front side of these worksheets will be completed in class and the back side will include tips and an activity for you and your child to complete together.

Getting Kids Have Rights into your school.

Kids Have Rights meets all requirements of Erin’s Law, which mandates that Michigan schools must provide age-appropriate, evidence-based body-safety education to students beginning in kindergarten.

If your child’s school does not offer such a program, we encourage you to speak with your school principal about Kids Have Rights.

For more information on Erin’s Law:

Erin’s Law Website

What parents and teachers say about KIDS Have Rights:

“Very clear presentation! Easy for the kids to understand.”

“Absolutely love the classroom presentations and the mini follow-up lessons. Your presenters are efficient, entertaining, engaging and non-threatening for the students. Thank you!”

“Another awesome year of KHR. Thank you for providing a kid-friendly program that teaches such an important topic.”

“This is such an age appropriate program! As a parent, it is often difficult to gauge how much or how little information to share with my child. This program gave just enough to get our conversations started and was easy to put in context of our lives.  Thank you!”

Kids Have Rights is a program of The Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County.

5% of children under the age of 18 are solicited sexually online.
1,000+ suspected child sexual abuse cases are reported in Kent County each year.
75% of childhood sexual abuse is thought to go unreported.
1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys are sexually abused.
1,000+ suspected child sexual abuse cases are reported in Kent County each year.
75% of childhood sexual abuse is thought to go unreported.
1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys
are sexually abused.
5% of children under the age of 18 are solicited sexually online.