Hundreds of soon-to-be kindergartners and first graders are learning how to stay safe during summer camp.
The Safety Town camp at Isla Vista School teaches kids lessons in safety and how to say “no” to strangers.
Counselors go over everything from “Stop, Drop and Roll” to crossing the street and paying attention to traffic lights and signals.
But one of the most important safety skills taught to the kids was how to identify inappropriate touching. It can be a tough subject for kids to understand but experts from CALM, the Child Abuse Listening Mediation organization, were on hand to make it fun and informative.
“The parents are often a little apprehensive about how we talk about this subject to such young kids but we’re trained professionals at CALM,” said CALM’s Ann Bryant. “We make it very child friendly and it’s very non-threatening and the children grasp the message.”
More than 1000 kids will be in Safety Town throughout the summer.