My body belongs to Me is an animated TV series that gives children basic knowledge about their body, boundaries and sexual abuse. The primary target group is children 6-8 years, but the series is suitable for both younger and older.
The aim is to give children the knowledge they need to understand if they experience abuse, the confidence to tell an adult, and for all children to learn about sexual boundaries – both their own and other's.
The series has been praised for communicating a serious topic in a clear, engaging and non-frightening way, and for providing a good base for conversations with children about a sensitive subject.
My body belongs to Me premiered on Norway´s public broadcaster for children, NRK Super, during their Sexual abuse awareness week in November 2017. The series was warmly welcomed by the public, the press, schools, the police, child welfare, medical specialists and others in the health and teaching sectors in Norway.
Today My body belongs to Me is available in NRK Supers digital platform. It is used for teaching purposes in schools and kindergartens across Norway, accompanied by a guide for parents and teachers on How to talk with children about these issues - made by Save the Children Norway.
Our Method – cooperate with experts
Because sexual abuse is a complex subject to explain to children, the films and teaching material have been developed in cooperation with an Expert Advisory Team of Norway´s top professionals within relevant fields: child psychiatry, law, education, sexology, researchers on child sexual abuse and more. The team was coordinated by Save the Children Norway. It has ensured that the TV series and Teacher Guide is in line with international studies, and that the project as a whole communicates well with children. Including the vulnerable.
My body belongs to Me is a collaborative project between NRK Super, Save the Children Norway, The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir) and Bivrost Film. The series has been broadcast in several European countries.
Expert Advisory Team
Bivrost Film would like to thank the members of the Expert Advisory Team for contributing greatly with knowledge, experience and ideas.
Stine Cathrine Hasle
Stine Cathrine Hasle is one of the screenwriters on the series. She is a trained teacher with further education in Family therapy, Prevention of sexual abuse and Trauma understanding. She has developed the MA course "Sexual abuse - prevention, detection and follow-up" at Oslo Metropolitan University, and is an authorized sexual health educator.
Hasle has been a co-writer on several Bivrost Film productions, among others our TV series "Classmates" and the animated short "Grown-ups must Never hit you".
Anne Kristine Bergem
Anne Kristine Bergem has specialized in violence risk assessment and management. She is a special advisor at the Norwegian psychiatric association and associate professor at Oslo Metropolitan University.
Bergem has for many years been concerned with children growing up in challenging conditions, and she has written several books for children on sensitive topics. She has also been a columnist writing about mental health issues for several specialized medias.
Bergem holds board positions for the Modum Bad Foundation, the PsykOpp Foundation and Nordic Marcé. Today her main position is advisor at the Centre for next-of-kin and careers.
Tom S. Nybø
Tom S. Nybø works as a family therapist and sexological advisor at the Family welfare service in South Rogaland. He has a degree in Child Protection and in Kindergarten Teaching, and has 25 years of experience from working with children and young people.
Nybø works with challenges related to sexuality, gender identity, body and boundaries. He is part of a consultation team proving guidance to adults who are concerned that a child might be exposed to abuse.
Kari Stefansen is a research professor at Oslo Metropolitan University, and has a PhD in Sociology. She leads The Domestic Violence Research Program at NOVA, and has made studies on sexual violence, the effect violence has on its´victims.
Publications: Sexual violence. An introduction for the social sciences (2018) Editor: Rape in the Nordic Countries: Continuity and Change (2020) Editor: Collaborating Against Child Abuse. Exploring the Nordic Barnahus Model (2017).
Svein Schøgren is a board member of the NGO Utsattmann, an organization for boys and men exposed to sexual abuse during childhood. Schøgren has special knowledge of abuse in a religious context, as he was himself abused from the age of 8-16 years.
Schøgren is a teacher with a specialization in journalism. He gives lectures on abuse, with special focus on the traumas of boys and men. He is a member of a competence group initiated by the Norwegian Parliament.
Inger Lise Stølsvik
Inger Lise Stølsvik has a Master of Law, and also has a degree in Developmental Psychology and Social Sciences.
She has worked with children and families in various life crises throughout her professional life. For the past 16 years as the director of Smiso Telemark, Center against incest and sexual abuse.
Books: "The Fifth Season" (2021), about methods to assist victims of abuse.
Pia Friis is an educated kindergarten teacher, and has worked in the sector for over 40 years. She is the author of the book "Barns seksuelle leker" (Children's sexual play. 2019)
The book guides kindergarten staff on how to relate wisely to children's natural sexual play. It also emphasizes that adults should dare to talk with children about the body, sexuality and sexual boundaries. These important conversations provides children with knowledge that in turn may have a preventive effect against sexual abuse.
Silje Vold has been Save the Children's special adviser in the field of child protection against violence and abuse.
She has coordinated the consultation process with this Experts Advisory Team. She has also been the editor of the Teacher Guide, that was made in cooperation with the team.
Silje Vold has a BA in Philisophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and MA in Development Management from the University of Agder.
Bivrost film has collaborated successfully with Silje Vold on several occations. She was also project lead on our animated short "Grown-ups must Never hit you".
School evaluation in Norway
Save the Children has visited many schools in Norway to get feed-back from teachers on their experience using My body belongs to Me in their classroom.
The evaluation shows that Norwegian teachers are very satisfied with both the TV series and the Teacher Guide.
They especially value that the films are easy to understand, and that they create a sense of safety for the children. The films serve as a valuable platform for good conversations in the classroom.