Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

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

Good news about teens online: the Opposite of Cyber-Bullying

We hear so much about online problems and cyberbullying tragedies. But the internet itself is not necessarily a bad thing, and can even offer a lifeline of support to a distraught teen. My Doing Right by Our Kids co-author Irene van der Zande reports an online success story at the Kidpower blog: “There’s a lot to live for, even if maybe you can’t see it right now. Please don’t go yet!” These heartfelt words are from a teen reaching out to try to stop another teen from committing... Read more