My Body

Teaching young children anatomically correct names for all the parts of their body is important. It’s not wrong to use different names for their private body parts in everyday life should you wish to, but research shows that it is beneficial to know and be familiar with using the real words too. As experts Amy Forbes-Robertson and Alex Fryer say, ‘the more we understand our bodies and know the right words, the more power we have to look after them’. Ask children how many of the words on our list they know and see if they can label the bodies with the different body parts.

Helping Young Children Say ‘No’ to Unwanted Touch

It’s crucial that children know that their bodies belong to them! We need to provide them with social scripts which help them to deal with unwanted intrusion into their personal space. Without these strategies, they might get upset, anxious or angry, or push and shove people away. Use this resource to help build their vocabulary and confidence when it comes to (politely) saying no!

Respecting Other People’s Body Boundaries

Teaching children about respecting other people’s body boundaries is just as important as teaching them about their own. This resource is a gentle way to introduce young children to issues around consent and will encourage them to think about how they can tell when someone else does not want to be touched.

Books about Body Boundaries, Consent and Healthy Relationships

It is important to teach children about body boundaries at an early age. We want them to realise that they control their own body and that everyone has a right to their own personal space. This list contains fact and fiction books for all ages – from toddlers to teenagers – which will open up conversations about consent and what makes a respectful relationship.

Body Boundaries: OK or NO WAY? (Classroom Version)

It is important to teach children about body boundaries at an early age. We want them to realise that they control their own body and that everyone has a right to their own personal space. It’s sensible to talk about contexts where it might be appropriate for someone else to touch them, such as at appointments with the dentist, doctor or hairdressers, as well as situations where being touched is not appropriate. They should know that it is ok to say no, even to people who they love and care about. The school version of our OK or NO WAY quiz is a great way to introduce these concepts to lessons.

Body Boundaries: OK or NO WAY?

It is important to teach children about body boundaries at an early age. We want them to realise that they control their own body and that everyone has a right to their own personal space. It’s sensible to talk about contexts where it might be appropriate for someone else to touch them, such as at appointments with the dentist, doctor or hairdressers, as well as situations where being touched is not appropriate. They should know that it is ok to say no, even to people who they love and care about. Our OK or NO WAY quiz will open up family discussion about speaking up if they are touched in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable and also help to cultivate a sense of respect for others’ boundaries.

5 Ways to Teach Young Children about Body Boundaries

It’s important to teach young children about their body boundaries. Watch Dr Weston’s top tips to discover 5 easy ways to help children understand the issues around respecting their own and others’ boundaries.