Jerky Johnny: A Fun Safety Game for Girls*
- Jerky Johnny is a highly effective game to teach girls critical life skills
- Jerky Johnny teaches girls to recognize signs of a dangerous person
- Jerky Johnny teaches girls that they have a ?voice & a choice? in setting healthy boundaries
- Suitable for ages 13-18
Dating violence or abuse can occur in any intimate relationship from pre-teens through adult. Studies have shown that ages 13-18 are at the highest risk as they are beginning to explore dating and intimacy. They are also the least likely group to disclose warning signs or abuse to a friend, family member, or trusted adult, and even less likely to report dating violence to the police.
Jerky Johnny is a highly effective game to teach girls critical life skills. The Jerky Johnny game was created by a mom and professional Self-Defense Instructor to teach girls to trust their intuition and learn important safety skills for peers and early relationships. Jerky Johnny teaches girls to recognize signs of a dangerous person, and that they have a voice & a choice in setting healthy boundaries. Research shows its imperative to teach girls these skills at the middle school age-- before it is too late. The game is appropriate for girls ages 12 & up. Some cards offer dating and relationship scenarios for teens. The game may be played with counselors, therapists, teachers, and parents. It can be used in any setting where teaching young girls to be safe is valued.
Testimonials and Comments
It is really awesome, unique, and very necessary for girls in that age group. Jan Dombrower, MFT Child and Family Therapist
Im a mom of 3 girls ages 11, 13 & 16 & they all learned something from this game. In a time where bullies and college date culture are a part of our mainstream media, I am glad somebody thought of a fun way to address these issues and teach safety to our girls.
I find it challenging to find out from my girls what goes on at school each day, and Jerky Johnny is a great icebreaker.
My girls actually want to play the game as they are too embarrassed to ask me about these topics. Even if your daughter learns just 1 thing from this game its well worth it. Lynn Trest (Mom of 3 girls)
My teenage son asked to play Jerky Johnny tonight and we had a good time talking about things that are serious. Its fun and educational at the same time. His little sister was there too and it was good conversation for all of us. The game is very well written. Kristine (mom of 3)
(Jerky Johnny) is designed to empower young women, build their self-confidence, and give them some basic self-defense tools. Girls are given various options to situations that may become dangerous in a manner that is not designed to frighten them. Peggy McQuaid, Albany Police Activities League financial Officer
I think every woman should know these skills, & have the opportunity to play Jerky Johnny. Its super helpful! T.J. (age 18)
Jerky Johnny got me to open up & tell about stuff that has happened. Mel (age 14)
I liked that it was very interactive & focused on things we had questions about. Jerky Johnny was so FUN! Maddie (age 18)
I have learned how to speak up, & have already begun to speak up when something is not okay. Nina (age 11)
I learned we should be independent & dont give into peer-pressure. Jennifer (age 11)
Jerky Johnny makes you feel as if you were really in that situation; its real stories. Lauren (age 14)
Jerky Johnny taught me to look at things more differently-- as to my safety. Tracy (age 12)
I liked learning the ways to tell if someone is up to no good. Emma (age 13)
Jerky Johnny made me realize you shouldnt feel sorry if you tell someone to stop. Julia P. (age 12)