Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

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, and other kinds of bullying, harassment, and abuse.

Set a good example by staying respectful even when you strongly disagree or feel very upset with someone — and apologize if you get triggered and find yourself communicating in destructive ways.

During the campaign, many of the Kidpower safety rules against bullying behavior and unkind speech were broken. Like so many, I am concerned about the impact of this kind of behavior by anyone in a position of leadership.

Tell political leaders that you want them to act as healthy and positive role models for young people — and let them know that you are disappointed when they don’t, even if you might agree with many of their ideas.

About Irene van der Zande:

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Doing Right by Our Kids co-creator, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She has authored many books on personal safety including: Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe, the Kidpower Safety Comics series, the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults, and The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People. To schedule an interview with Irene, call the Kidpower Central Office, (800) 467-6997 Ext. 6#

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