Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

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

Be Safety Nets, Parachutes, and Guides – Not Smothering Blankets

*Finding the balance between necessary protection and harmful overprotection is an important challenge for every parent.* The Overprotected Kid, an in-depth article in The Atlantic Monthly by author and national correspondent Hanna Rosin, raises thought-provoking points about how parental fear of children experiencing any risks can cause kids to have less fun playing than they used to and might be making them less capable of thinking for themselves. She describes a playground in the UK called... Read more

Opinion: Supporting Dylan Farrow

The world is reacting to the open letter written by Dylan Farrow, written in protest of the continued artistic lionization of her adoptive father Woody Allen, whom she accused of sexually abusing her when she was seven years old. Dylan reported the abuse then, back in 1992 and stands by her story to this day. Please read Dylan’s letter in its entirety. In part she writes: After a custody hearing denied my father visitation rights, my mother declined to pursue criminal charges, despite... Read more

We need churches to Put Safety First, but we are not all on the same page yet

The whole concept of child safety can truly be stated in essence, “Put Safety First,” which sounds so simple, but can actually be very difficult to achieve. One of the biggest obstacles is figuring out what to do when you find you are part of an organization that is failing to do all it can to protect children. I believe very strongly that in that case there is no choice to stand by and do nothing. So when you find yourself in this situation,you either need to do all you can to... Read more

Jerry Sandusky: Justice delayed but finally delivered

I am grateful to the ten brave young men testified against Jerry Sandusky, and relieved that Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of sexual abuse. Perhaps now we will truly open our eyes to the real and present danger of child sexual abuse. The young men who testified were so courageous to step up in a situation that is so painful and potentially full of shame and bad memories. Even though they did nothing wrong, we can only imagine how difficult it was for them to testify. By stepping up... Read more

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