Kidpower Safety Signals for Everyone, Everywhere

Four Keys to Learning Safety Skills

Written by Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director

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Practicing the Heartpower Safety Signal.

As part of our Bridges to People Safety Initiative, we have created the Kidpower Safety Signals to help teachers, family members, and other caregivers teach“People Safety” skills and knowledge to individuals with limited or no speech – as well as to help verbal people who think very concretely such as those with autism or Asperger’s to learn and remember core safety skills. These are now being used with children in preschools and as part of our core Kidpower skills.

An overview of the Kidpower Safety Signals is below. For Permission to Use Guidelines, detailed directions on how to teach and practice the Safety Signals, and training opportunities, please Contact Us.

What are the Kidpower Safety Signals?

For many years, we have had great success teaching People Safety skills to people of any age with limited verbal skills and those who think very concretely. Parents, teachers, and other professisonals have watched and said, “Please show us how to do that!” This project is our response to their requests. The Kidpower Safety Signals were originally to help teachers, family members, and other caregivers teach ‘People Safety’ skills and concepts to people with developmental disabilities who have limited speech or no speech at all. Since their creation, the Safety Signals have proven useful to many people who want an easy way to remember key ‘People Safety’ concepts – including people with developmental disabilities, young children, college students, and corporate managers.  Kidpower Safety Signals are useful for everyone, everywhere!

The problems of bullying, violence, and abuse can seem complex and confusing. Kidpower ‘People Safety’ skills provide solutions.  ‘People Safety’ skills help people be emotionally and physically safe with people everywhere they go. The Kidpower Safety Signals show core ‘People Safety’ skills and concepts in their simplest forms.  Parents, caregivers, and professionals use these signals, along with simple gestures and simple words, to teach powerful safety skills and concepts quickly and easily.

Bullying, abuse, and other violence are among the leading health issues of our time. The good news is that a few simple ‘People Safety’ skills can stop most problems before they get dangerous. Thousands of people of all ages and abilities have learned and used these skills to be safe.

For everyone, the four keys to success in learning important safety skills are:

  • Make it simple – because simple things are easier to remember
  • Be consistent – because consistent messages make more sense
  • Practice – a lot! – because successful practice makes skills stronger
  • Make it relevant – because people learn a skill faster when it seems useful

These keys are even more important for individuals who tend to think in concrete, simple terms, such as young children and people with developmental disabilities. Family members, teachers, and professionals will often use highly varying words and ideas to explain about safety, which can be confusing.

Kidpower Safety Signals help everyone be simple and consistent so that skills develop more effectively.  They create a common language that makes it easy and fun for everyone, everywhere, to use the same words, gestures, and ideas about staying safe with people.

The following are some of the Safety Signals we cover in this article:

  • Kidpower Safety Plan Signals for Going Out
  • Kidpower Safety Powers for Taking Charge of Your Feelings and Your Body
  • Kidpower Safety Powers for Building Better Relationships
  • Kidpower Safety Powers for Taking Charge of Your Safety

Thank you to the Special Hope Foundation for the three-year pilot program funding of this ground-breaking Bridges to ‘People Safety’ Project.  Thank you to the Cisco Systems Foundation for supporting the development of the project’s educational micro-videos.

Kidpower Safety Plan Signals

This is our Safety Plan when we go out


Kidpower Safety Powers for Taking Charge of Your Feelings and Your Body

If We Feel Upset, We Can Use These Safety Powers


Kidpower Safety Powers for Taking Charge of Your Feelings and Your Body

If We Feel Upset, We Can Use These Safety Powers


Kidpower Safety Powers for Taking Charge of Your Safety

If someone is acting in a way that feels unsafe, we can make safer choices using these Safety Powers.


Kidpower Boundaries on Touch and Teasing Safety Signals

Touch, play, or games for fun, teasing, or affection should be safe, okay with each person, allowed by the adults in charge, and not a secret, which means that everyone can know about it


Kidpower Boundaries on Touch and Teasing Safety Signals




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About the Author

Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director
Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe, the Kidpower Safety Comics series, the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults, and The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People.
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