Use the traffic lights framework to identify these scenarios
- Harry, aged 8, masturbates for most of the day at school. When masturbating he will often expose his penis to the rest of the class.
- Teekai, aged 13, spends a lot of time alone in his bedroom with the door shut. When his mum knocks on the door he tells her to go away. Lately he is putting his sheets and pyjamas into the washing basket to be washed every morning.
- Gayle, aged 12, often tries to sit on the lap of her mum’s male friends. When she does, she will talk about their bodies and say that it is OK for them to kiss her. Sometimes she likes to dance for them and says she is being a pop star.
- Alex, aged 15, spends lots of time chatting to friends on the internet. Recently, Alex made a new friend, ‘Sexy Boy’, online. The more they chat, the more Alex feels attracted to ‘Sexy Boy’ and thinks about making a time to meet him in person. Alex talks to a friend about it.
- Marley and Ashmita, both aged 4, are playing in the cubby house and have both taken their underpants off. They are looking at and touching each other’s genitals.
- Harper, aged 7, tells her teacher that she has seen Lucas, aged 13, touching her best friend Cindi’s vagina.
- Tilly, aged 16, is overheard telling her close friends about having intercourse and oral sex with her boyfriend. He is a 17 year old at the same school. She tells them that she enjoys it.
Where to get help
Talking about concerns helps prevent harm or abuse.
Parentline: 1300 30 1300 www.parentline.com.au
Lifeline: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277 www.relationships.org.au
1800Respect Online: 1800 737 732 www.1800respect.org.au
Child Safety Services (Qld): 1800 177 135 www.communities.qld.gov.au/childsafety/protecting-children
Contact Child Protection or Police Services in your state or territory if a child or adult requires protection from harm.
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