AIM: Educating children on child sexual abuse
target audience: children aged 6 – 12 years old, and their parents
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That’s it for VC II!!!
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For design outcome 2 deliverable, it’s a sequel to design outcome 1’s booklet. I decided to do a board game, as an educational resource which I foresee can be played in school with fellow classmates, to learn about child sexual abuse.
Target Audience: Children aged 6 – 12 years old
As my target audience age range is relatively young, before adolescent age, I think board game will be a suitable way of engaging the children. By engaging them in an activity, they will be able to have fun and absorb information, as well as acting some actions out.
Within the game box, there are 6 characters – which means a maximum of 6 players, a dice, 4 set of cards and a game manual.
Classmates tried it and game was really successful! Game was engaging and educational, managed to solve the issue faced. However the craft work of the entire game was quite bad 🙁 Had to DIY the game board myself as it had folds to keep in the box, but I accidentally stuck the board sticker too fast, causing bubbles. The instructions on the cards were too small as well, tend to get overlooked. Perhaps can change the colour of the part, or make the font size bigger?
That’s it for the Design Outcome 2!
For my design outcome 1 deliverable, I wanted to do a booklet on child sexual abuse to educate children. Topics such as good and bad touch and private parts were to be mentioned in this booklet, alongside measures to take when they are uncomfortable / experiencing sexual abuse.
CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE VERSION OF BOOKLET – Vc2Booklet FINAL
I initially only had 8 pages in this booklet as I wanted to print contents on the cover page as well. However, after consult with Michael, I decided to include more information and pages, as well as a page dedicated for parents & teachers. From there, I came up with a second draft of my booklet.
Feedback: The title page illustration did not really suit the booklet, and it looked like there are 2 cover pages. Thus the suggestion as to remove the illustration.
Feedback: Overlap lines or no overlap?
Feedback: Too wordy, should keep to the style of the circle graphic elements amongst the previous pages. Give more breathing space.
Overall, I’m very satisfied with the booklet and how it aimed what I set out to achieve. However for the design wise, the printed colours can go even lighter, and to take note of my margins as the feedback was that my designs always drop to the bottom. Best to have a 5mm margin!
That’s it for the Design Outcome 1!
Child sexual abuse are more common amongst us than we know, but are usually unreported and not as known due to family reasons. Despite that, we should encourage victims to speak out, and educate their parents about these situations.
OBJECTIVES: The infographic aims to educate the audience on child sexual abuse, and the statistics of sexual abuse cases. It also shows the symptoms of child sexual abuse and the outcomes from the incidents.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Children aged 6 to 12 and their parents
Rough sketches for my infographic layout!
I decided to go with a landscape layout for the infographic and started drawing out graphics to include.
I started out with the information I wanted to put on the infographic, and played with the layout of it.
I proceeded to tidy up the poster and grouped them with line borders, and changed the graphics.
I came up with my own graphics and placed them in, with the usage of colour filled boxes as groups for different sections of information. I played around with the layout before reaching the final layout.
The overall print out colour of my infographic was darker than on screen, and the contrast was not as obvious, and the black text could not really be seen. Also, the characters had the same face which was a little weird!
That’s it for the infographic!
To know about the general public’s take on Child Sexual Abuse, I conducted a online google survey.
Target Audience of Survey: Parents, adults, people who have direct and most influence on children.
The survey had 30 responses, and within the 30, 6 are parents.
From this survey, I had the purpose of wanting to gather more information regarding 2 topics.
Here’s the link to the survey: bit.ly/ADMCSA
In my survey, I categorized my questions into a few sections.
It seems that most parents do educate their children, but they face the same challenge / issue when educating. They have to explain to their kids in simple terms, in case they do not understand. When educating, examples always aid them. Even if they do not educate, they are open to trying ways to educate if there are options available.
Majority learn about child sexual abuse at the age of 10 – 14 years old (preteen), mainly finding out via the Internet or word-of-mouth. Many agree that aged 10 is a good time to start educating children, but if possible, we should try and start from a young age, when they are able to understand already, such as 5 – 6 years old. There’s a mix between whom to educate, between parents and teachers, as they are both suitable candidates, being close to the child.
On educating children, there are some suggestions of having a talk session, playing of videos, visual guidance and games.
Unanimously, all the surveyors agreed that such incidents occur due to the pedophiles and the potential gradual increase in them.
All of them believe that sexual abuse on children can be, at least minimized.
All of the respondents do not know of any current implementations for educating child sexual abuse, and majority do not know who to contact when such cases arises.
I posed a question on whom they think are the main offenders of such act, and there is a tie between “strangers, relatives and step-parents”. Based on research data, step-parents are the most common offenders, and not much of strangers.
Out of the 30 respondents, 6 of them know of people whom experienced sexual abuse as a child, and only 1 seeked help.
Those that did not seek help are afraid that no one will believe their words or are simply too scared to sound out.
I also asked my respondents on their opinion of adults not believing it when children sound out about being sexually abused, and why they think so, and if they agree that there are side effects on victims who do not sound out.
Cause I’m concerned with: Lack of education methods for child sexual abuse, to children.
Issues surrounding it: Parents themselves are unsure about the topic (not knowledgeable), do not know how to approach the issue, unsure how to make sure that their children understands the issue.
Target Audience: (Can I have more than 1 target audience?)
Initial target audience was children, to educate them on sexual abuse. However I feel that there is a need to educate parents first on child sexual abuse, before they can educate their children.
Adults have the strongest influence on children, especially parents, teachers or adults whom they have close relations with. They should also receive education and basic knowledge about sexual abuse, knowing that even a close relative can be an offender, and make sure that their children know what’s their personal physical limit.
Children needs to be educated on sexual abuse, as it might happen to them without them realising, and they might shake it off if the offender is someone close to them.
If adults were to educate children on sexual abuse, naturally, children will confide in them if they were to experience this issue.
Before educating children, we should educate adults on child sexual abuse, what consequences / side effects will be faced, and how they should treat children when faced with this issue. They should also know the importance of trust, and not diss them off the matter. If the child were to confide once and get dissed off, they will never bother trying again, and close themselves off.
If faced with this issue, children should be encouraged to speak up and inform an adult (parent or a teacher), even if they are scared of the offender.
Based on all these information I’ve collected, I’ll proceed to work draft on my data visualisation infographic.