The NSPCC has this week relaunched its Talk PANTS campaign with a new burst of activity.
The campaign, already popular with parents and children, has been made even more accessible by releasing a prime-time TV advert and new mobile phone game for children.
The aim of the UK-wide campaign is to help keep young children safe from sexual abuse. Central to the campaign is the return of Pantosaurus the dinosaur, who will once again be promoting the PANTS rule:
Privates are private
Always remember your body belongs to you
No means no
Talk about secrets that upset you
Speak up – someone can help
The new app, 'Playtime with Pantosaurus', created with the help of Aardman, is available on Apple iOS and Android devices as a free download:
- download Playtime with Pantosaurus from the App Store
- download Playtime with Pantosaurus from Google Play
The game features 4 fun mini games where players test their skills against Pantosaurus and his friends while learning the PANTS rule to keep themselves safe.
Children can select from 3 characters that each challenge Pantosaurus on the basketball court or in the diving pool, to earn points and win prizes. Each of the playable characters is customisable with their own outfits and styles, with further accessories and outfits available to unlock as children progress through the game.
In between each level, children are quizzed on the PANTS rule to help reinforce their understanding of how to stay safe from sexual abuse.
Directing parents in your sport to the Pantosaurus game or to the PANTS activity pack and other resources on the NSPCC website will help make it easier and more natural for them to have what some parents find to be difficult and sensitive conversations about staying safe.