A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The impact of the show's messages about safety can't be overstated, and their frank yet gentle delivery by way of Ruby opens the doors to important discussions with your kids about how these safety concerns apply to them specifically. Families can replicate the "Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down" game and the craft project that further reinforce the concepts.
The movie uses a variety of tactics to teach and reinforce safe practices for kids. Animated stories, classroom-style discussions, and real-life examples from young panel members encourage viewers to think about how and when they might need to use similar safety tools. For parents and caregivers, the movie generates ideas about issues to discuss further and projects or games to play with kids to further support its message of readiness and empowerment. The movie spends a good deal of time exploring the issue of body privacy, including which areas ("The parts of the body covered by your bathing suit," it says) are off-limits to anyone but parents and doctors. Additional themes include communication and self-control.
Positive Role Models
Ruby's sweet demeanor makes her the perfect conduit for these messages about personal safety. She takes what could be a scary topic for youngsters and explores it in a nonthreatening way that lets kids know it's OK to talk about it. Ruby's young costars respond with honest reflections of their feelings and insightful remarks about what it feels like to be scared or worried and how they've learned to cope.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ruby's Studio: The Safety Show teaches kids about personal safety and explores feelings they may have about potentially worrisome situations. Through stories, crafts, songs, and a supportive hostess, the show introduces kids to vital safety tips: "Check first" before doing anything unexpected, trust your instincts –- or "uh-oh feeling" -– if things seem amiss, and heed the advice of your "safe adult." Parents can easily reinforce these useful tools at home whenever they revisit the issue of safety with their kids. The show also focuses specifically on personal safety, reminding kids that their private areas are off-limits to others (parents and doctors excluded, of course), and empowering them to speak up if other physical contact makes them uncomfortable. This interactive presentation is a fantastic tool for starting conversations with your kids about these and other safety topics. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
What's great about this presentation is that the friendly format offsets the potential scariness of the topics for kids and reinforces the message of empowerment. The Safety Show is the third Ruby's Studio presentation from The Mother Company, a team of moms who set out to create products that encourage emotional literacy among young children. Here they turn their attention to a variety of safety concerns: talking to unfamiliar grown-ups, saying "no" to potentially dangerous situations, and knowing what to do if you're lost. Each topic is illustrated in ways that reinforce kids' ability to recognize an "uh-oh feeling" and what to do about it, and validates the tumultuous emotions surrounding these issues. What's more, in addition to the "who-what-where-when" of all of these rules, it also answers for kids "why" -- because people who love them want them to be safe. In her trademark nurturing manner, Ruby encourages kids to always be aware of their surroundings and to trust their instincts, and parents might learn a thing or two about how kids feel about these topics as well, thanks to the young kids who share their thoughts throughout the show.
The Safety Show devotes a large chunk of time to the specifics of personal safety, particularly those concerning kids' own bodies, and you'll hear phrases like "You are the boss of your own body" many times over. It delves into which areas are off-limits to others (gently defined as the parts covered by a bathing suit) and poses a number of possible situations in darling animated stories. Even so, if yours are very young, you may want to screen the show first to ensure that the dialogue doesn't raise more questions than it answers for your littlest ones.
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