Category: Child Abuse Prevention

Why Affection and Teasing Should Be a Child’s Choice

In a blog posting by Lenore Skenazy, author of the best-selling book Free Range Kids, challenged an article called “Child Predators Love Polite Kids” by Pattie Fitzgerald.  Skenazy cites studies done by David Finkelhor, Ph.D., head of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, indicating a lack of correlation between children being forced to hug and kiss family members and their […]


Sometimes the People Kids Love Have Problems: What Children Do and Do NOT Need to Know

Most of the people who abuse children are people they know well. However, children will NOT be made safer by being given this potentially devastating message: “By the way, the person who will probably hurt you the most is someone you love and trust.” In Kidpower, our goal is to give children tools for staying […]


What Kinds of Secrets Are Okay for Children to Keep – And What Kinds Are Not?

One of Kidpower’s boundary rules is that “Problems should not be secret!” To help prevent potential problems, we also tell children that, “Touch should not be a secret. And presents someone gives you or games someone asks you to play should not be a secret.”


Safe and Unsafe Bribes

Understanding about bribes can help protect kids from abuse. Although people who have bad intentions might try to coerce others by offering them bribes, just telling children not to take bribes can be very confusing.


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