Daisy Tells a Secret teaches children, about personal safety and body ownership, and explains how to identify who safe adults are in a child’s life. The Daisy animation is available in English, American Sign Language and Spanish and is recommended for children ages four to eight.
The animation is simple, and it runs only eleven minutes, but it delivers a powerful message in a way that children can easily understand, and it opens the floor for discussion between children and caregivers. Daisy is left home alone with her Uncle Raven while her parents run errands. Uncle Raven tells Daisy he wants to play a tickling game and touches her in her private areas which leaves her scared and with an "uh oh" feeling her tummy. He tells her it is a secret game, and after, they can do something fun that she wants to do, such as go to the park. She confides in her best friend Clover at the park, who, along with his big sister, encourages her to tell her parents, explaining that there are “good secrets” and “bad secrets," and that it is not at all Daisy's fault. She needs to tell a safe adult what happened. Daisy is nervous, but tells her parents after Uncle Raven leaves. They offer her support and reassure her that Uncle Raven did something very wrong and it was not her fault.
There are an estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse today in the United States, and statistics tells us that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by the age of 18. According to ChildHelp.org, 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way; 68% are abused by family members. Daisy Tells a Secret believes that education can help play a part in changing the lives of children everywhere.
There are two editions of Daisy Tells a Secret. A parents edition that retails for $19.95, and an Educators Edition retailing for $49.95-149.95. You can purchase through the Daisy Tells a Secret website, and you can find it on Amazon.
I was sent a copy of the Parent's Edition. The DVD includes the Daisy Tells a Secret animation, as well as a 25 minute segment for parents to suggest and explain ways to talk to their children about these topics in a way that they will understand, as well as to provide information on what to do if you suspect abuse or if a child discloses abuse to you. It is recommended that parents view this segment before watching Daisy Tells a Secret with their children. You can view video clips at http://www.daisytellsasecret.com/.
Daisy was awarded the Parents' Choice "Recommended Seal." They are very proud of this award and you can read their review here:
My daughters are three and four, and have had quite a fascination with secrets lately. While I understand and see how innocent they are now, I had been wondering how to broach the topic of "good secrets" and "bad secrets" and what you always need to be sure to tell mommy and daddy. The topic of sexual abuse is hard to bring up when you want to shield and protect your children from the world. I don't want my girls to have to think about abuse of any kind and I would have preferred that I never had to talk to my children about sexual abuse at all. I can't stand the idea of thinking about my children, or any children, being hurt or abused, but I know that is unfortunately not realistic, and by arming them with knowledge I know I am protecting and empowering them much more.
We watched this program together as a family. My three year old found it hard to pay attention to the entire animation, choosing instead to sing and dance and watch a minute here and there, but my four year old watched and retained everything. We had a great conversation after watching about our bodies, safe people, secrets, good touches and bad touches, and what is okay and what isn't. While my three year old had trouble paying attention to the animation, she was able to benefit greatly from the discussion. I would definitely recommend Daisy Tells a Secret as a non threatening and engaging way for caregivers and educators to springboard to a difficult topic.
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