Teaching package ‘Butterflies in your stomach’
In 2017, no less than 481 primary schools educate children about sexuality by means of the digital learning campaign ‘Butterflies in your stomach’. TinQwise developed this program together with Rutgers Foundation (the Dutch Sexual Health and Family Planning Organization). The themes addressed include for example The body, Relationships, and Dealing with social media when being a youngster.
Every year Rutgers Foundation requests attention for the sexual education of children with their Week of the Butterflies. Since 2012 all primary schools in the Netherlands are obliged by law to offer sexual education. Rutgers Foundation offers all these primary schools free help in sexual education through a learning campaign, this is a series of digital learning interventions, that integrates the use of the Smartboard present in the classroom.
Also the GGD (Dutch Public Health Service) offers their support by means of special trainings for teachers, master classes and informative meetings for parents.
Thanks to the teamwork between schools, Rutgers Foundation, the GGD and TinQwise a record number of children is reached in 2017. Why we do it? To educate children about present hazards such as loverboys, (unwanted) nude pictures on the internet, and chatting unsuspectingly with strangers who want to harm them. Because we believe that awareness helps children to stay safe.
Teachers have their personal login to download ready-to-use lessons suitable for their class. Illustrations are displayed directly on the smartboard, along with accompanying questions.
The child can point out the right answer to the question on the smartboard. The lessons available are customized to children from 4 years of age until 12 years of age. This social approach, being educated about sexuality together in classrooms, enhances the empowerment of children.
TinQwise developed concept, technique and design. The Dutch website www.kriebelsinjebuik.nl (read: butterflies in your stomach) gives a good impression of the result. The strength of the concept is the combination of appealing questions that, on one hand, allow children to think about sexuality at their own level, and on the other, trigger fun and inspiring discussions in the class room.