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 support if you are feeling at greater risk for yourself or your loved ones, and tell people what kinds of support would be meaningful to you.
Fears of discrimination and hate crimes are urgent concerns for many kids and adults across the country. If you are in a position of privilege, you can use your voice to speak up as an ally.
About Irene van der Zande:
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#