Category: Kidnapping Prevention and Stranger Safety

Just in Case: What Children Need to Know if They Cannot Get Away at First

When we hear about horrifying kidnappings, it is hard to not become overwhelmed with anxiety. Here are some ideas for how to protect kids rather than traumatize them with too much information.   The  Kidpower Book for Caring Adults provides tools for preparing young  people to navigate their world with safety and confidence. Most of […]

Jaycee Dugard – What Might Have Helped to Protect Her?

I have felt both heartsick and inspired by the Diane Sawyer interviews with Jaycee Dugard. These interviews and Jaycee’s brave book tell the hard, courageous story about how Jaycee got assaulted with a stun gun and kidnapped from a country road on her way to catch the school bus at age 11; her 18-year ordeal; […]

Kidnapping – What We CAN DO to Keep Our Kids Safe!

The courageous, heartbreaking story of Jaycee Dugard – and the tragic murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzy – have brought the terrifying reality of kidnapping to the forefront for millions of parents and other caring adults. We will never know whether or not what we teach in Kidpower might have prevented these two horrifying abductions, but […]

Strangers At School: Tools to Build Understanding

“Don’t you think this is going too far?” asked a parent during a Kidpower Parent/Caregiver Education Workshop at an elementary school.  “Following the Kidpower safety rules would mean that a child eight years old or younger on his own passing a parent he didn’t know in the hallway at school wouldn’t talk to the adult, because the […]

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