Keeping Ourselves Safe (for years 4–6)

Keeping Ourselves Safe consists of a range of child protection resources to help children and young people learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others.

New Zealand Police recommends that schools use the learning activities in Keeping Ourselves Safe within a whole-school approach.

What students will learn

These year 4–6 resources help students to learn:

  • a range of safe practices that they can use when interacting with others
  • what they can do if they have been or are being abused
  • what happens when abuse is reported.

Five focus areas

The learning activities are arranged in five focus areas. [unless stated otherwise, all updated in 2017]

Focus area 1: Confident me

Students learn to verbalise their feelings confidently and practise a decision-making process that will help them to make safe decisions concerning their own safety and the safety of others. 

Focus area 2: Safe or unsafe

Students identify potentially unsafe situations in both the real world and the digital envorinment.

Focus area 3: No excuse for abuse

Students understand what abuse is and know that any abuse is wrong, should be reported, and is not their fault. They learn to identify the tricks, bribes, or secrets often used by abusers.

Focus area 4: Why should I tell?

Students learn to stop inappropriate touch or behaviour, say “no” confidently, move away, and report what has happened.

Focus area 5: What have I learnt?

Students show what they have learnt by producing a presentation