Childhelp® has released a new four-minute video titled A Dream Job that depicts the stark reality of the most common way kids and teens are lured online through promises made by predators pretending to be someone trustworthy. The video helps raise awareness ahead of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, and heralds a new offering from Childhelp.
The Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe school-based prevention education program is adding a human trafficking prevention curriculum for grades 6 through 12. A Dream Job is featured in the curriculum in addition to serving as an awareness-raising public service announcement.
Human trafficking is a growing problem and happens in every U.S. state. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, it is the world’s second most profitable criminal enterprise, earning criminals an estimated $150 billion per year. In its mission to do everything possible to keep kids and teens safe, Childhelp embarked on creating its fully-scripted school-based curriculum to educate youth and the adults in their lives about how to protect themselves.
The Childhelp Human Trafficking Prevention (HTP) Curriculum has been developed in conjunction with international, national, and local anti-trafficking experts and contains age-appropriate lessons that focus on helping youth recognize risks and grooming behaviors, learn ways to stay safe online and in real life, create healthy relationships and communicate with safe adults in their lives. The Childhelp HTP curriculum will be available in early 2023 for schools/districts and youth-serving organizations. It is a focused add-on to the longstanding core curriculum for child abuse prevention, a comprehensive evidence-based primary prevention education curriculum for pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Learn more here.
A Dream Job is being released through social media platforms and shared through partners and collaborators. The new video was created by Childhelp and The Flip Side Communications. A Dream Job Video.
About Childhelp: Founded by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson in 1959, Childhelp® has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of more than 11 million children as a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping abused, neglected and at-risk children. Childhelp’s programs and services include residential treatment services, children’s advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline serves children and adults nationwide 24/7 through phone, text and online chat. For more information, visit www.childhelp.org and follow Childhelp at facebook.com/childhelp, Instagram.com/childhelp and twitter.com/childhelp.
Childhelp thanks The Rob and Melani Walton Foundation for project support. Many thanks to the Childhelp Human Trafficking Advisory Group members including Anti-Trafficking International (ATI), Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network (AATN), and experts in child abuse prevention, law enforcement, social work and psychology. Additional program reviews also were provided by the National Human Trafficking Hotline (operated by Polaris), the Blue Campaign (Department of Homeland Security), and Peer Solutions.
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