For many parents and carers, the idea of sitting down with your children and speaking to them about sexual abuse is a scary thought. Some may make an attempt but others might keep putting it off.
But with the help of the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule, also known as PANTS – it doesn’t have to be scary and you don’t even need to mention sex.
From P through to S, each letter stands for an important rule for children to remember – Privates are private, Always remember your body belongs to you, No means no, Talk about secrets that upset you and Speak up – someone can help.
Helping us to spread this message is Pantosauraus the cartoon dinosaur, who was recently introduced to the world with a catchy song and activity pack and now has his own game which is free to download from the iOS and Android app store.
The game features four mini challenges where children test their skills against Pantosaurus and his friends whilst learning the PANTS rule. The game enables children to have fun while learning about staying safe and what to do should anything happen that they feel uncomfortable about.
Parents know their children better than anyone, so they’ll know when they’re ready to have a conversation about PANTS and how much detail to go into. But downloading the new game is a great place to start.
The more you talk about it the less awkward and uncomfortable you will feel and you will also have the peace of mind that you are equipping your child with vital knowledge to help keep them safe now and in the future, both online and out in the real world.
Emma Motherwell, NSPCC Local Campaigns Manager