Keyeye: Making Kids Safe
reviewed by Laura Gerard, social worker
Keyeye "making kids safe" is a short videotape, just under one hour, worth watching.
The video immediately grabs your attention in the first scene where two children
venture into a wooded area despite the Danger Keep Out sign and are chased down by a
growling jaguar. The jaguar and a large brown bear are trained animals that appear
throughout the video to illustrate points and add entertainment for viewers.
The main characters in the video are young students who have participated in a danger
awareness program. After the jaguar chase, the scene changes to a classroom type
atmosphere. Instructors demonstrate stunts to use if grabbed by a stranger, and
students then practice the moves.
Following this exercise, the students share stories they have made up about how
abductors could trick children into going with them. The stories are reenacted by
adults who play the roles of abductors and the students who play themselves in
dangerous situations. The reenactments are frighteningly realistic and useful once the
instructor reviews how the child could have gotten away from the abductor in each
situation. Breaks from the seriousness of the stories are provided by occasional funny
scenes. For example, one abductor gets chased up a tree by a large bear, an unlikely
occurrence but anything is possible!
Parents should watch this video with their children. The students' parents gather
together at the end of the tape to ask questions and make suggestions about building a
safe environment for their children. Overall this video provides some useful tips,
entertainment (particularly if you're an animal lover) and acts as an eye-opener to the
possible dangers that exist for children today.
Keyeye Productions Inc.
PO Box 95024
Ruskin Postal Outlet
Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Phone: (604) 808-7233
Fax: (604) 525-5057