Let's go on a Picnic
Teaching Kids about Consent
My senior capstone project focused on the topic of consent . . . for children. Although a rather touchy subject for American audiences, many European countries employ comprehensive sexual education programs, which start as young as four-years old in some cases. It's important to note that at that age, there is no explicit mention of sex. Following their example, I decided to create a children's book that discusses healthy friendships and the important of setting and respecting boundaries.
As part of the project, students were also given a physical space in which to display their final project. I modeled mine after a library reading corner or a children's book display that might be seen in a book store., aiming for a cozy and inviting atmosphere.