Category: Teens and Adults

Safety Through A ‘Skills Before Knowledge’ Approach: Why ‘People Safety’ Should be Taught Like Water Safety

Evidence shows the positive effect of experiential skills components on behaviour change. In Kidpower we make violence prevention and personal safety programmes more fun and much more effective by taking a ‘Skills before Knowledge’ approach. This article by Kidpower’s New Zealand Co-Director, Cornelia Baumgartner, explores why.


Keeping Playdates Fun and Safe

When setting up playdates with kids who we think will enjoy spending time together, we usually think of logistics such as what time and which house. Here are 8 safety questions to ask when planning to have your child spend time at a new friend’s house that will help make sure everyone has fun and stays safe.


Santa Barbara killings: taking our social script to a violent extreme

Preface from Irene van der Zande, Kidpower founder and Executive Director:  In my horror over the mass murder in Isla Vista near Santa Barbara, and grief for everyone harmed by this terrible tragedy, I have been struggling with what to say. Our Kidpower North Carolina Center Co-Director and my “Doing Right by Our Kids” Co-Author […]


Medical Self-Defense: Stay Aware, Take Charge, Get Help

any of us can tell stories about how a lack of awareness or skill on the part of well-meaning people, who were supposed to help, caused great harm to someone who had a medical problem. We need to know how to protect ourselves from being hurt in these types of situations, just as we need to know how to defend ourselves from a deliberate assault.

The skills of protection and advocacy can work any time you need to protect yourself physically or emotionally. Being able to advocate for yourself and your loved ones can have a life and death impact when you are dealing with health and medical issues.


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