Introducing Not for Kids! children’s book
Milly loves to explore and learn. One day while using her friend’s phone, she sees images that make her feel sick. Milly was lucky to have a safe adult to help her through this experience and she now teaches kids that some adult behaviours can be harmful for children to see. Milly lets kids know that coming across these images is not their fault and she reminds them to always seek help from an adult if they see things that are not meant for kids eyes.
This exceptional children’s book offers gentle and insightful guidance and is a must have for parents and professionals to prepare kids under the age of 10 for the inevitable occasion of when they will see explicit imagery. Who better to step them through this than loving and vigilant caregivers.
In this interview, author Liz Walker speaks about why Not for Kids! children’s book is such an important resource for kids, parents and professionals.
Not for Kids! is the perfect tool for parents to teach their children what to do if they are exposed to explicit content, and for parents to learn how to best help their kids cope with what they’ve seen. In an era when online graphic and extreme depictions of adult behaviours are the default form of sex education, this book is a must-read with your kids!Gail DinesPh.D. Founder and Chair, Culture Reframed Author, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality - www.culturereframed.org
The rapid growth in internet use among children and young people has led to corresponding increases in public anxiety regarding potential risk. Without doubt, it is absolutely vital that children, from a young age, are taught not only general rules of personal safety, but also more specific education around the online environment. Not for Kids! by Liz Walker is a valuable tool that provides children from a young age with developmentally-appropriate messages around what they may be exposed to online and how to deal with that exposure, emotionally and practically. Borne through personal experience, the book tells the story of Milly who is exposed to adult material on a phone at school. Utilising rhyme, non-threatening language, and warm artwork, Not for Kids! is a welcomed resource that will allow parents, caregivers and professionals to broach the subject of online safety in a child-friendly way. The supporting materials for adults is a welcome addition and provides parents and others with further information and tools.Carol RonkenDirector of Research and Policy Development, BRAVEHEARTS - www.bravehearts.org.au
I love a rhyming children's book, and when great illustrations and an easy-to-read story combine to teach children about the yucky pictures they might see online and what to do if and when this happens - I'd say we're looking at a valuable resource for families and schools. A great educational tool for children and their trusted grown-ups.Margie ButtrissFounder of HUSHeducation
I think it is a very truthful story because it's almost the same as my own! I think this book would make many kids who feel uncomfortable about something they’ve seen or experienced be able to tell a trusted parent or caregiver. I love the pictures!Kiarah8 years old
I loved this book! It was lighthearted and non-confronting. I didn’t have to have a conversation about porn at all. My daughter understood and it can translate to other situations too. It gives them the power to ASK and TELL without fear of retribution - just healthy curiosity.RuthMum of 7 year old
We desperately need to educate children about private pictures and movies and what to do if they should come across them. It is not a case of if children see them, but when children see them. I think this delightful book will help both parents and teachers have those uncomfortable conversations with their children and by doing that, children will know they can speak with trusted adults about what they saw. I highly recommend this marvellous tool with its support notes and discussion questions.Holly-ann MartinManaging Director, Safe4Kids
Not for Kids! children’s book is a fantastic for both parents and kids. I encourage the development of any resource which reinforces online safety messages, particularly around the importance of talking to trusted adults when they stumble across upsetting images or activities online.Alastair MacGibbonFormer Commissioner: Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner - www.esafety.gov.au
Milly’s character provides kids with practical, actionable advice on where to go and what to do when they see or are shown adult content. The book is a great starting point for parents to have productive and supportive conversations with their children about both the positive uses and negative consequences of online content and activities. After all, education is key to a safer online experience for all our children.
Teaching kids how to stay safe online and seek help when they see upsetting adult images
Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.John F. Kennedy35th President of the United States
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.Nelson MandelaFormer President of South Africa
It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.L.R. KnostTwo Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages
Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.Haim GinottSchool teacher, child psychologist, psychotherapist and parent educator