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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

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

Clergy sex abuse remains a minefield for Pope Francis

Pope Francis is widely admired as a down-to-earth man of the people and a church leader who has taken steps to reform the hierarchy within the Vatican. But I was very disappointed and dismayed by comments published today that showed a defensive side of the Pope when it comes to the clergy child sex abuse scandal. It was particularly painful to read these words from the Pope today, on Ash Wednesday, a Christian day of repentance: “The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public... Read more

Best Practices for Teachers, Coaches and More: How Can I Avoid Being Accused of Abuse? 7 Guidelines from Kidpower

Grandparents, teachers, coaches, youth group leaders, health professionals, and other caregivers sometimes ask us, “How can I protect myself from a child getting upset with me and accusing me of abuse?” This is a common worry. In fact, we have led workshops for physical and occupational therapists who often have to touch kids in ways the kids hate, and these kids will sometimes complain that they are being abused. Sadly, because of worries about damage to their reputation, some adults feel... Read more

Summer safety: choosing a summer camp or recreation program

School is out and kids are fanning across the community, joining programs such as summer camps and sports teams. This year I have noticed advertisements for all sorts of camps popping up. More and more businesses seem to be adding a camp component to their offerings. Bowling camp, martial arts programs expanded to summer camps, and even computer gaming camp caught my attention, and, to be honest, my concern in some cases. It is one thing to take your child bowling as a family, or attend a... Read more

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