ECPAT card game – cards for conversations with children and teens

In consultation with educators, ECPAT has created conversation cards to support you in your work with children and teens. Through this card game we would like to share our knowledge on issues such as sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children online. We hope that this will be a useful tool for example teachers or school counsellors, to help handle the challenges and difficulties associated with these issues.

As someone working with children and teens you are well-positioned to provide information about rights, consent and which actions may be illegal – both to prevent children from becoming victims and to prevent them from victimising others. You also have an important role in showing children and teens that adults want to understand the reality of their lives and that you are there as an adult, safe to talk to, if something should happen.

After you have used ECPAT’s Guide for teachers, the card game will serve as a tool to keep the conversation going on consent, nude pictures and other things that children and teens may be wondering about and encountering in their daily lives. It can be used in groups in the classroom or in other contexts where students come together.

You can download the card game as a PDF and print it. Print it double-sided, laminate it if you can and cut it into cards.

How to use the conversation cards:

  • The conversation cards is designed for secondary school students, but can also be used at the upper secondary level
  • Divide the students into groups of no more than six persons, preferably in groups where the students feel safe and in which they have worked previously in the classroom when using ECPAT’s Guide for teachers
  • Give each group 5–6 cards to discuss
  • The teachers should pay close attention to ensure that the conversation environment is respectful and safe
  • 15–20 minutes is an appropriate length of time for the conversations
  • To conclude the process, following the conversations, the groups can present their thoughts to the whole class

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