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Kids and sports: staying true to our core values in a sports-crazed world

Athletic competition gives us an important window into American society. Whether it takes place on a tennis court, soccer field, track and field, in a swimming pool, hockey rink, baseball diamond, or football stadium, many Americans are sports-crazed society. Living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I see every day how our powerhouse college basketball team, the pride of UNC, shapes important aspects of the University of North Carolina, the town of Chapel Hill, and even our state’s laws and... Read more

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

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