Kleinrock began by creating a chart with her students that broke down consent in five easy and helpful steps. The first explained what it means to give consent, the second shared what consent sounds like, the third shared scenarios where asking for or giving consent may be necessary, fourth showed scenarios where a person might not realize they are doing something without another person’s consent, and the fifth tells students what they can say if they do not consent to something being asked of them.
The chart was posted on Kleinrock’s Instagram, where it ended up going viral, earning more than 6,000 likes since it was posted last month. Kleinrock also shared some drawings her students made that demonstrate the idea of establishing consent before physical interactions, including a stick figure drawing of a young girl letting a young boy know that she does not want a hug from him.
“I always like to think about what can I do to be proactive,” Kleinrock told The Washington Post. “You can’t change what’s happened in the past, but what I feel like I do have some control over is the future of our country and how we’re educating our children to be better and more responsive than we currently are.”