Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society
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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,... Read more

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

Amy’s child-protection advocate origin story

I’ve been thinking about my child-protection advocate “origin story” lately. You know superhero origin stories, like Peter Parker being bitten by a radioactive spider to become Spider Man, or Superman escaping the dying planet Krypton to crash-land on his adopted home, Earth. My co-author, Kidpower Founder Irene van der Zande, has a really simple “origin story” about why she started Kidpower. In a nutshell: one day more than 25 years ago, Irene was a guiding a... Read more

Kidpower Child Protection Advocates Institute comes to North Carolina, October 5-7, 2015

This fall we are excited to bring a significant Kidpower training to North Carolina. Kidpower Founder and Executive Director Irene van der Zande will be leading the Kidpower Child Protection Advocates Institute in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, from October 5-7. I will be helping to facilitate along with my Kidpower North Carolina Center Co-director Maryjane Hayes, but I have to say that this is a very special opportunity to train directly with Irene, learning how to apply her... Read more

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