Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

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

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

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

A timely reminder: “No forced kisses” –how to support your child’s boundaries during the holidays

Some relationship scenarios seem to be evergreen issues that come up year after year. Every time the holidays roll around, our children have grown and may have different feelings about showing affection with family members than they did last year. Here are ways to support kids’ boundaries around affection over the holidays, and ways to discuss this issue with confidence, respect and compassion with family members. This is a repost of the article No Forced Kisses for Your Kids: 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

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