If kids are using the internet, unfortunately, they can see some of the most graphic sexually explicit images at the click of a button – even with filters installed. Either accidentally or deliberately, kids will see hardcore porn. The average age of exposure is now just 8 years of age. It is vitally important that they know they can go to a parent or safe adult for help.

Thankfully, you’ve now discovered Milly’s Message (originally published as Not for Kids!) Written with safe language for children aged 5–10 years, Milly’s Message is the perfect way to let young kids know that coming across unsafe images is not their fault and they can always seek help from a trusted adult when they see things that are not meant for kids eyes.

Milly's Message children’s book

Milly’s Message is about a bold and curious girl who knows the importance of seeking help from a trusted adult, especially when she sees upsetting images online.

This 24-page full-colour rhyming picture book can be read to children aged 5 to 10 years. It is a launchpad for discussions regarding online safety and taking charge of troubling images. The online Support Notes and Discussion Questions complement and enhance this essential conversation. Milly’s Message is a “must have” for parents and professionals to prepare kids for the inevitable occasion of when they will see explicit imagery.

Milly's Message is the perfect tool for parents to teach their children what to do if they are exposed to explicit content, and for parents to learn how to best help their kids cope with what they’ve seen. In an era when online graphic and extreme depictions of adult behaviours are the default form of sex education, this book is a must-read with your kids!

Gail DinesPh.D. Founder and Chair, Culture Reframed Author, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality - www.culturereframed.org

The rapid growth in internet use among children and young people has led to corresponding increases in public anxiety regarding potential risk. Without doubt, it is absolutely vital that children, from a young age, are taught not only general rules of personal safety, but also more specific education around the online environment. Milly's Message by Liz Walker is a valuable tool that provides children from a young age with developmentally-appropriate messages around what they may be exposed to online and how to deal with that exposure, emotionally and practically. Borne through personal experience, the book tells the story of Milly who is exposed to adult material on a phone at school. Utilising rhyme, non-threatening language, and warm artwork, Milly's Message is a welcomed resource that will allow parents, caregivers and professionals to broach the subject of online safety in a child-friendly way. The supporting materials for adults is a welcome addition and provides parents and others with further information and tools.

Carol RonkenDirector of Research and Policy Development, BRAVEHEARTS - www.bravehearts.org.au

I love a rhyming children's book, and when great illustrations and an easy-to-read story combine to teach children about the yucky pictures they might see online and what to do if and when this happens - I'd say we're looking at a valuable resource for families and schools. A great educational tool for children and their trusted grown-ups.

Margie ButtrissFounder of HUSHeducation

I think it is a very truthful story because it's almost the same as my own! I think this book would make many kids who feel uncomfortable about something they’ve seen or experienced be able to tell a trusted parent or caregiver. I love the pictures!

Kiarah8 years old

I loved this book! It was lighthearted and non-confronting. I didn’t have to have a conversation about porn at all. My daughter understood and it can translate to other situations too. It gives them the power to ASK and TELL without fear of retribution - just healthy curiosity.

RuthMum of 7 year old

We desperately need to educate children about private pictures and movies and what to do if they should come across them. It is not a case of if children see them, but when children see them. Milly's Message is a delightful book that will help both parents and teachers have those uncomfortable conversations with their children and by doing that, children will know they can speak with trusted adults about what they saw. I highly recommend this marvellous tool with its support notes and discussion questions.

Holly-ann MartinManaging Director, Safe4Kids

 

 

Teaching kids how to stay safe online and seek help when they see upsetting adult images

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.

John F. Kennedy35th President of the United States

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.

Nelson MandelaFormer President of South Africa

It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.

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Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.

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