A game to open up conversations between parents and children to prevent sexual abuse

Reach the Beach is a game for teachers and parents to talk to children ages 6 to 8 about appropriate and safe physical interactions with adults. Our aim is to prevent unhealthy interactions, especially those involving the body, that can lead to various forms of abuse.

The game begins with a story of Oliver and Olivia, two kids who need to pick up objects before going to the beach. On the way, they will face situations and actions that bring up a series of topics that open up a conversation between parents and children. The topics included: What are private parts?, being the boss of your own body, listening to your body feelings, good vs. bad secrets and one's circle of trust. 

Team: Carmen Lopez, Tanvi Kareer, Karina Davila, Marlyn Martinez and Hind Alessa.

My role: User Researcher, Content Researcher, Graphic Designer, Game Designer.

 The game includes a Rule Book, situation and action cards, a soft board, dice, reaction cards, tokens and figures. They all come in a metallic box that families can take anywhere they go! 

The game includes a Rule Book, situation and action cards, a soft board, dice, reaction cards, tokens and figures. They all come in a metallic box that families can take anywhere they go! 

User Research on the Topic

We conducted research by interviewing parents and social workers about the issue. We found that many parents feel uncomfortable to talk about these topics. Parents also thought these topics were addressed at school, therefore they don't feel they need to introduce the topic at home.

First, it never came to my mind that I have to share this with her [my daughter]. I’ve never thought if she is prepared for this kind of situation. My question is, is she ready to talk about these things?

— Yenna, mother of a 6-year old

The insights we gather led us to develop a game that would have an overarching story where topics related to body and comfortable and uncomfortable situations would emerge so that we can open up those topics in a way that is less uncomfortable and more fun.