Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

Froma Harrop argues that stranger rapes are “more horrendous” than date rapes. Here’s how wrong she is.

I could hardly believe what I was reading when I encountered Froma Harrop’s opinion piece “Is ‘stranger rape’ more troubling than ‘date rape’?'” in my local newspaper, The Raleigh News & Observer, reprinted from Creators Syndicate. Froma Harrop advocates that yes, stranger rape is more horrendous than date rape, while seeming unaware of her piece’s false equivalencies, unexamined assumptions, prejudices and logical flaws. The only value I... Read more

5. Get involved in making our world a better place

Kidpower post-election safety tip #5: Get involved in making our world a better place. Join with others to support causes that are important to you in ways that work well in your life. To me, working with Kidpower is more important than ever as we strive to move forward as a country. As the saying goes, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” I am deeply grateful to each of you for how, through Kidpower, we have lit and are lighting countless candles of greater safety,... Read more

4. Use and provide Kidpower skills for emotional and physical safety

Kidpower post-election safety tip #4: Use and provide Kidpower skills for emotional and physical safety Learn, teach, and coach social and physical safety skills, such as how to: speak up in ways that are both powerful and respectful; manage your emotional triggers; protect yourself from verbal and physical attacks; recognize and leave an unsafe situation; set boundaries about unsafe or disrespectful behavior; respect the boundaries of others; and get help when you need it. Rehearse using... Read more

3. Reassure children and teens who are feeling afraid

Kidpower Post-election safety tip #3: Reassure children and teens who are feeling afraid. The most important thing is to tell them that you will do everything in your power to protect them from harm. Children do not have the years and decades of living through harsh political campaigns to sort out harsh rhetoric from political reality —for example, knowing that the President does not decree laws, but needs Congress to pass them. Don’t assume that you know how kids have interpreted what they... Read more

2. Reach out to people who are feeling at risk of prejudice or harassment

Kidpower Post-election safety tip #2: Reach out to people who are feeling at risk of prejudice or harassment. People may be feeling at risk because they are part of a group that has been attacked or threatened during the campaign, or that is more vulnerable to be targeted for hate crimes. Tell them that they are important to you and that they are a valuable part of our society. Commit to speaking up for kindness, inclusion, and safety and against bullying, prejudice, and violence. Ask for... Read more

1. Take a stand for safety and respect for everyone

Kidpower Post-election safety tip #1: Take a stand for safety and respect for everyone. Tell the children, teens, and adults in your life that you stand against damaging behaviors that are against your values. Damaging behaviors include things like threats, insults, leaving people out, attacking an entire group of people for the harmful actions of a small percentage of their members, breaking the safety rules about private areas for kids, touching anyone’s private areas without their consent,... Read more

Kidpower Common Ground and Values: Going Forward Together After a Divisive Election

I am sending love to each person in our Kidpower community with deep appreciation for our common ground of commitment to teaching skills to increase safety, respect, and confidence for everyone, including respect for different political and religious beliefs. I am sending love to each and every one of you who is feeling sad and upset about the outcome of our election because you fear the results of having a US president who has said and done so many harmful things in the past and during this... Read more

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