So dd1's school has begun the Child Safety Curriculum this week. Last night, dd1 woke up hysterical due to some of the content that was discussed. It took a good hour for her to calm down. We had a big chat about it and I explained its not meant to scare her (or anyone else), it helps teach them how important it is to speak up if you don't feel safe or feel uncomfortable in a situation and learn who to speak to etc.
I know its such an incredibly important message, and I fully support it, however seeing how much some of the content affected dd1, I am not sure if I should let the teacher know. Dd1 is rarely affected by this sort of thing, she is a tough nut and we have always been open about things like this if she sees something on the news and always taught her stranger danger and there are bad people in the world and how important it is for her to tell me or dh or someone she trusts if she feels something isn't right and all that, so to see her so worked up about it after a lesson at school was really rattling to say the least.
Dh suggested maybe pulling her out of the lesson but I dont think thats an option and even if it was, I am not sure I agree. I think its important they learn this stuff, however I dont think it should leave them with nightmares or being terrified of someone breaking into their house and killing them (as was discussed at school according to dd1- they were also told about Daniel Morcombe's killer).
Now normally I am the type of person to tell my kids its important they learn this stuff. However, some of what dd1 told me they were told and discussed, it sounds pretty full on for 7/8 year olds. If she is going to come home distressed after the lesson, I dont think it is benefitting her a great deal. Fwiw, im not usually one of those "oh my poor baby got upset at school, heads will roll" type parents. In fact 99% of the time I am the opposite, I will usually make a point of using it as a learning experience for my kids and tell the to toughen up (not so brashly obviously!). But this, something is just not sitting right, knowing my dd1 and knowing how much it takes to really rattle her normally.
Im not sure the point of this post actually. I guess I am just unsure where to go from here, if I say anything to the teacher or not....