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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 campaign.

And I am also sending love to each of you who is feeling relieved and glad, because even though you might deeply dislike some of the behaviors of our president-elect, you truly believe he was a better choice for president.

No matter who had won the presidential election, there would have been millions of people in the US and other countries who would have felt very scared and very sad and millions of others who would have felt very relieved and very glad.

Going forward, we must bring people together in ways that are hopeful and positive rather than harmful and destructive. We will strive to create common ground where people of different political beliefs can continue to work together to promote personal safety and stop violence and abuse of all kids and all adults.

We want to take this opportunity to reaffirm Kidpower’s values statement about Inclusion:

“We welcome people of any age, culture, religion, race, gender, political belief, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity, marital status, any kind of disability, or level of income who share our commitment to integrity and safety for everyone and who can join us in upholding our values.”

In the following posts we will share five things you can do to further values that bring people together rather than tearing them apart — and to support people, especially children and teens, who are feeling deeply upset by this election.

1. Take a stand for safety and respect for everyone.

2. Reach out to people who are feeling at risk of prejudice or harassment.

3. Reassure children and teens who are feeling afraid.

4. Use and provide Kidpower skills for emotional and physical safety.

5. Get involved in making our world a better place.

Adapted from the Kidpower blog’s original article:

Our Common Ground of Teaching Respect, Safety, and Confidence Going Forward Together After a Divisive Election
by Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director | Nov 10, 2016

About Irene van der Zande:


Doing Right by Our Kids co-creator, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She has authored many books on personal safety including: Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe, the Kidpower Safety Comics series, the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults, and The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People. To schedule an interview with Irene, call the Kidpower Central Office, (800) 467-6997 Ext. 6# or email her via

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