Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

Mass shooting in Sutherland Springs Texas is a Failure of Safety at All Levels

After the mass shootings in Las Vegas last month, and at the church in Sutherland Springs Texas this week, I was feeling totally numb. Then yesterday I received an email message from psychologist Ruth Buczynski that said that feeling paralyzed and powerless are hallmark signs of trauma, and I realized, that’s me, right now. So I decided to work past the paralysis and look at what we know about this latest shooting. In “Doing Right by Our Kids” we develop a model of protecting... Read more

Summer Safety: Kidpower’s 8 Questions to Ask When Planning a Playdate

Long, long ago, my best friend as a young child was my next door neighbor. We would go freely back and forth to each other’s homes, playing vivid imaginary games, being animals, princesses, and magical creatures of all kinds. Unfortunately, we often left our younger siblings out – or forced them to be the enemies who always lost or the maids who always did all the dirty work. And once in a while, we did something that I would never have allowed my own kids to do because it was just... Read more

Elliot Rodger’s rage: taking our social script to a violent extreme

My grief about Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara killing rampage takes me to an almost wordless place. But I think it’s important to find my voice and try to address it. Two distinct perspectives on the topic of masculinity and socialization came together today that make sense to me. It just happens that today was the day that I needed to watch a TEDx talk by Joe Ehrmann of Coach for America. Erhmann talks about three words that are one of the most culturally destructive mandates in... Read more

Gunfire at elementary school shatters Chapel Hill’s feeling of safety

Last Friday the quiet tranquility of Chapel Hill on a warm spring afternoon was pierced by the sirens of emergency vehicles rushing to the scene of a crisis. Through my office window, I saw a parade of fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances drive by in quick succession. Something was clearly going on, more than a fire drill, I thought, but nothing prepared me for the news that there was a shooting at the elementary school only two blocks away. That was all that we knew at first: there was... Read more

Ohio School Shooting: How Can We Empower and Protect Our Kids?

On February 27, five high school students were shot when a classmate started firing in their school cafeteria in Chardon, a small community in Ohio. The alleged shooter is now in custody. Two students died, and the others were injured. Students spent hours huddled in their locked down classrooms, texting and trying to understand what was going on. The lives of those shot and their loved ones will never be the same. And, the community is traumatized. As one high school student asked poignantly,... Read more

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