Be Safe: Secrets - When Should You Tell Social Story

A man is shown in the center of the image saying,

Sometimes people may tell me I'm not supposed to talk about something that happened.

A mom tells her daughter not to tell her brother that he's getting a bike for his birthday. The daughter agrees not to tell.

It is okay to keep a secret about presents or surprises.

A mother says to her daughter,

These secrets are okay because no one gets hurt.

A smiling woman whispers a secret to another woman, who looks upset.

If somebody could feel hurt or uncomfortable, I should not keep it a secret.

A man reaches out toward a boy and says,

If someone tries to look at my private parts or asks me to look at their private parts, I should not keep it a secret.

A man reaches out toward a small boy who says,

Even if somebody tells me not to tell the secret, I should remember that keeping people safe is more important.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.