Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

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

Understanding Institutionalized Oppression: Protecting Young People From Prejudice Through Knowledge and Skills

Irene’s note: I have been writing the article below as a chapter for our forthcoming book, “Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at all Levels.” In the aftermath of the racist murders in Charleston South Carolina, I decided to release this work-in-progress now. We at Kidpower work to empower people to stay safe in the moment as much as possible, even in the face of physical or emotional attacks. This can be even more difficult when prejudice is involved, and that is a... Read more

Facing Prejudice with Compassion and Determination: What can each of us do to create greater justice and safety?

By Irene van der Zande, cross-posted from Kidpower.org. Like countless others, I have been deeply troubled by the news stories about boys and men of color who have been humiliated, harmed, or tragically killed by law enforcement officials in situations where it is hard to believe the same thing would have happened if they had been white. As these cases add up in the public awareness and our legal system fails to address them in ways that seem fair, it is not surprising that the frustration,... Read more

Cultural Competence in Teaching Personal Safety

Staying culturally appropriate while teaching personal safety and child protection is both challenging and rewarding. The following article is an excerpt from our Child Protection Advocate Training Workbook and has been useful to people teaching personal safety skills from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Sweden, the UK, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe – as well as throughout the United States. In every culture where... Read more

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

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