People Safety Podcasts

Our podcast is designed for adults but is just fine for kids of any age to hear. It's sparked many interesting conversations between adults and kids in families and schools everywhere. We hope you'll enjoy them, too! You can listen to any episode through your computer's speakers just by clicking "Listen" -- no MP3 player or special software needed. If you'd like to download them and aren't sure how, read our step-by-step directions for downloading using iTunes or Juice.

What is People Safety? (5:50)

If your life brings you in contact with other people, then you deserve People Safety skills for getting the most out of every interaction you have. It’s true that People Safety skills are powerful tools for preventing, avoiding, de-escalating, and escaping from situations that have the potential to be truly dangerous, but they also happen to be the most powerful relationship-building skills you and those you love could have.

“Bad Words” and Staying Safe (6:09)

The truth is that using any words at all to be hurtful is not OK, whether you call them ‘good’ or ‘bad’ or anything else. And, it’s not OK to use words in a hurtful way at any time or in any place: during recess, at lunch, before school, after school, at home, out in the world, online, or in email or in text messages. Hurtful words can make people feel scared, hurt, or upset.

Solve it Yourself? (6:57)

Adults want kids to learn to deal with problems. That’s why they sometimes say things like, “I want you to solve it yourself,” or “Figure it out on your own.” And if you spilled a bunch of pencils, you do need to solve it yourself. But if the problem you’re dealing with is one you have no idea how to solve, or if you don’t know how to do the work safely, or if you can tell that what you are trying is not effective because the problem is getting bigger instead of better, then you need help. Persisting until you get adult help is important.

Safety Screens (5:38)

If you make a mistake by saying something hurtful, you can work to make things better by apologizing and by learning how to make different choices in the future. That’s one way a mistake can actually lead people to make a relationship stronger.

Tattling and Telling: What’s the Difference? (5:21)

Understanding the difference between tattling and telling is a big part of being safe, because telling to get help with problems is important, but tattling is hurtful, and it makes problems bigger.

Enduring Affection (6:04)

Learning to endure unwanted physical affection is not a safe life habit. By respecting others’ boundaries, I have the power to support the development of those skills and also strengthen the trust and the affection in our relationship.

Look Around, Not Just at the Ground (2:38)

By looking around and noticing things closer to the level of our own eyes, we’re much more likely to notice potential problems earlier. By noticing early, we can take action to prevent problems and stay safe, making our odds of having a good day go way up.

Stranger Safety: What Rhymes with Ranger? (6:48)

The word ‘danger’ and the word ‘stranger’ are both important in making safety plans – it’s good to avoid danger, and stranger safety habits help prevent problems. It’s too bad that they rhyme, though, because we’ve been really quick to stick them together, and putting these rhyming words together gives them power they don’t deserve to have over how we think and how we feel.

Safety Tools for Safety Problems (4:59)

Tools work best when we match the tool to the problem that we’re facing. This is true for hand tools like hammers and screwdrivers, and it’s true for safety tools, as well.

Danger Ahead ~ Emailing While Angry (3:58)

When we’re triggered or exploded with any feeling – like sadness, fear or anger – it’s hard to think clearly and make wise choices for ourselves. Next time you’re angry and ready to give someone an electronic piece of your mind, think first!

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