The high school curriculum addresses personal safety and the balance of power in relationships and topics such as sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and dating violence. This curriculum will empower students to know what to do in an unsafe situation, who to turn to for help, and how to help a friend in need.
- Teacher’s Guide
- Parent Letters (available in Spanish and Creole on USB)
- USB with videos, lesson materials and parent letters
- Lesson Glossaries
- Activity Sheets
- Florida Standards Reference Sheet
Lesson 1 Overview
In this lesson, Lauren Book introduces high school students to the Safer, Smarter Teens: Be The Change program. Lauren shares that she was a victim of abuse during middle and high school; however, due to feelings of shame and embarrassment, she kept her abuse a secret. Lauren emphasizes the importance of standing up for your personal rights, taking responsibility for yourself, and seeking help if you are in an unsafe situation.
This lesson covers personal rights and responsibilities. Students are introduced to the foundation of the Bill of Rights, which provides a list of fundamental privileges and freedoms. This provides the foundation for students’ creation of a Personal Bill of Rights to include individual rights and liberties.
Students will learn about communication styles to develop a repertoire of skills needed to protect their personal rights. Activities help students gain insight into their own communication style as well as the communication styles of others, which increases awareness of communication styles and how they can be used to manipulate others.
Topics covered in lesson 1:
- Personal Rights and Responsibilities
- Communication Styles
- Connection of Communication Styles with Personal Safety
- Developing a Communication Bill of Rights