Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

Creating a Positive Social Climate, starting with the Kidpower Climate Check-In

Our physical and social climates impact our quality of life. As individual people, we cannot control the weather outside, but we can decide what kinds of protection we use to be safer and more comfortable. We can’t control physical pollution as individuals, but we can each decide what levels and forms of pollution we are willing to tolerate or produce. As leaders responsible for the well-being of others, particularly young people, we have significant power to affect the social climate. ... Read more

1. Why can’t the police just handle sexual assault through the criminal system? Like it or not, colleges have to deal with sexual assault complaints. #UNCIX

DoingRightByOurKids.com co-creator Amy Tiemann, Ph.D. was a member of the 22-person “Title IX Task Force” that spent more than a year working on suggested changes in the way that UNC handles complaints of sexual assault complaints among students. Tiemann was appointed to this Task Force as a representative of the larger Chapel Hill community, where she has lived for 13 years. This is the first in a series of posts about what she learned by being part of this process. #UNCIX In any... Read more

9 things I learned by serving on UNC’s Title IX Task Force #UNCIX

In winter 2013 I was following with great interest the story of activists at UNC making a strong case that the University needed to step up to better serve the needs of students who came forward with reports that they had been sexually assaulted. I had written at the time about the need for the Univerity take decisive action and make a huge step forward in the series of policy changes that we knew that they were contemplating. I probably would have attended many of the upcoming policy... Read more

DRBK’s Amy Tiemann will report soon on what she learned as a member of UNC’s Title IX Task Force on Sexual Assault

Chancellor Carol Folt of the University of North Carolina has just released the new policy on how the school will handle reports of sexual assault among students. I am proud to have served on the UNC Title IX Task Force that spent a year working on revisions to recommend to the Chancellor. We underwent a rigorous collaborative process bringing together a group of 22 people representing many different perspectives on UNC. I served as the representative of the larger Chapel Hill community. We... Read more

Doing Right by Our Kids on Talkzone radio show, “Educvii with Dr. Jonathan Jefferson”

I have the pleasure of being a guest on the radio show Educviii with Dr. Jonathan Jefferson this evening. Let me extend a warm welcome to radio listeners who are discovering our Doing Right by Our Kids project for the first time. It is a great opportunity to have the chance to talk for a whole hour! We’ll be able to cover a great deal of ground. Here is the program description for tonight’s show. Educviii with Dr. Jonathan Jefferson, July 23, 2014 Kidpower This week, Dr.... Read more

Summer Safety: Kidpower’s 8 Questions to Ask When Planning a Playdate

Long, long ago, my best friend as a young child was my next door neighbor. We would go freely back and forth to each other’s homes, playing vivid imaginary games, being animals, princesses, and magical creatures of all kinds. Unfortunately, we often left our younger siblings out – or forced them to be the enemies who always lost or the maids who always did all the dirty work. And once in a while, we did something that I would never have allowed my own kids to do because it was just... Read more

Elliot Rodger’s rage: taking our social script to a violent extreme

My grief about Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara killing rampage takes me to an almost wordless place. But I think it’s important to find my voice and try to address it. Two distinct perspectives on the topic of masculinity and socialization came together today that make sense to me. It just happens that today was the day that I needed to watch a TEDx talk by Joe Ehrmann of Coach for America. Erhmann talks about three words that are one of the most culturally destructive mandates in... Read more

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