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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

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

Kidpower Post-election safety tip #2: Reach out to people who are feeling at risk of prejudice or harassment. People may be feeling at risk because they are part of a group that has been attacked or threatened during the campaign, or that is more vulnerable to be targeted for hate crimes. Tell them that they are important to you and that they are a valuable part of our society. Commit to speaking up for kindness, inclusion, and safety and against bullying, prejudice, and violence. Ask for... Read more

Get the first chapter of Doing Right by Our Kids as a free gift from our new Child Safety Library

My co-author Irene van der Zande and I are thrilled to announce that we have released the first three chapters of our forthcoming book, Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels. The book is being released in a serialized form in the new Child Safety Library that we have added to DoingRightByOurKids.com You can download Chapter 1. Creating a Foundation of Child Safety, as our free gift to the community. The first three chapters are: Chapter 1. Creating a Foundation of... 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

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