Meekas Secret is a child-centered audiobook/ebook with game that educates children how to recognize sexual abuse, stand up for themselves and learn how to ask for help. The game portion gives the children agency and reinforces the story both consciously and subconsciously. It is an excellent resource for opening up a sensitive topic and beginning the conversation around the issues involved in childhood sexual abuse.
Meeka’s Secret, an engaging new audiobook and game app for both iOS and Android is available for free to support the well-being of those affected by childhood trauma. In the age of the #MeToo movement, Meeka’s Secret addresses the taboo topic of childhood abuse offering an age appropriate tool to raise public awareness and teach emotional intelligence, self-advocacy and resilience. The app was first launched in Farsi with more than 125,000 downloads in 7 months and is can be downloaded for free on the App Store or Google Play.
Created by award-winning director and writer, Sahar Shams, in conjunction with Dr. Suzanne Darley, PhD, an expert in expressive arts education. Meeka’s Secret combines a beautifully rendered interactive eBook with compelling gameplay. It teaches young children how to identify and address physical and sexual abuse to help prevent childhood trauma. It models the role of emotional intelligence, how to stand up for oneself, and how to find the right course of action in a traumatic situation.
Meeka’s Secret engages children, teachers, parents and mental health professionals in building skills to safeguard against childhood trauma. Through stunning digital artistry and powerful storytelling, the app tells the tale of Meeka, a gender-neutral insect whose wings are its private parts. When an adult insect touches Meeka’s wings, the little one embarks on a journey of that teaches viewers how to speak up and self-advocate.
“We have created Meeka’s Secret to teach children, parents and communities how to cope with childhood trauma and heal,” said Sahar Shams, Founder of The HoOoOo Foundation and creator of Meeka’s Secret app. “Meekas’s Secret is a resource for adults to communicate about the difficult topic of sexual abuse in a language that is appropriate, understandable and non-threatening for children. Education is the most effective tool for prevention.”
“Our mission at HoOoOo is to improve the heath and well-being of children by tackling the problems associated with sexual abuse and childhood trauma,” said Dr. Suzanne Darley, PhD. “HoOoOo products are unique in the marketplace combining fun and compelling game-play with curriculum that builds resilience, self-esteem, mindfulness and empathy. These are essential skills for navigating life and growing happy and healthy adults.”