Having age-appropriate, open conversations about our bodies, sex, and boundaries is an important step in protecting children.

Talking with Children about Safety from Sexual Abuse

Have age-appropriate, open conversations about our bodies, sex, and boundaries.

Recognize a child’s attempts to talk about their concerns.

Talking about personal safety and sex creates a protective bond between parent and child, increases confidence for both, and instills knowledge that makes children and teens much less vulnerable. Building on the education provided in Stewards of Children®, Darkness to Light’s evidence-based training on preventing, recognizing, and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse, you will learn how to talk with and listen to children about sexual abuse and personal safety. It is highly recommended that participants complete Stewards of Children® prior to taking the course.

Available both online or as an in-person session delivered by an authorized Darkness to Light Facilitator, the training is also available in a Spanish-language version hosted by psychologist and CNN medical contributor Dr. Maris Azaret.


During the training, you will hear compelling stories from experts and survivors about how talking to kids can help prevent sexual abuse. You will also:

  • learn why relationships and resilience are the building blocks of safety for children.
  • receive examples of how to talk about personal safety with children of all ages.
  • learn how to use everyday opportunities to talk with children about sexual abuse.


Darkness to Light is proud to offer this training, which includes:

  • stories from featured survivors, experts, youth serving professionals, and parents.
  • a course worksheet designed to help reinforce key concepts and serve as a resource guide on talking to kids about sexual abuse.
  • interactive discussion about important issues in sexual abuse prevention and how they affect communities and youth serving organizations (facilitator-led only).
  • knowledge checks (online only).

Talking with Children About Safety From Sexual Abuse training is $5 per person and can be accessed online at any time. The training can also be purchased as a part of the Stewards Plus package.

“Parents need to tell their kids about the act of sex by the age of eight. Eight is great. You want to be the go-to person about sex.”

Pediatrician, Stewards of Children