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Kids learn more when they feel safe!

Kids learn more when they feel safe!

As one mother wrote to us, “My kids were nervous about going back to school – so we made a list of everything they were worried about and then practiced the skills we’d learned in Kidpower – and they went from feeling scared to becoming excited! Thank you!”

We are very pleased to be working with so many parents and educators around the world to provide the “People Safety” skills and strategies we teach to their families, schools, and youth organizations.

With summer vacations coming to an end in many communities, I wanted to call your attention to several of our most popular articles and videos for making the “back to school” experience as safe and happy as possible.

Starting School The Kidpower Way: Seven Steps to Starting School Strong, Safe, and Sound

Safety for Kids on their Way to School: A Checklist for Parents provides clear guidelines for how to prepare children to get to and from school safely.

Most Teachers are Heroes: Nine Ways Parents Can Support Teachers in Building Positive, Safe Learning Environments

Bullying: Common Questions and Answers From Kidpower

Face Bullying With Confidence: 8 Skills Kids Can Use Right Away

Strangers at School: Tools for Understanding

Protecting Youth Athletes From Sexual Abuse Videos and Handouts – although the focus is on child abuse prevention in youth sports, most of the information in these materials is also relevant for schools and after-school programs.

Walk in Another’s Shoes: Teens Speak Out About Bullying video created by our Kidpower of Colorado Teen Advisory Board for Teens

Kidpower Coloring Book available for free download in many languages and used by preschools and kindergartens worldwide.

kidpower-comics-series-collage-350hKidpower Safety Comics for children, youth, and teens provide an entertaining and useful way to introduce and practice safety skills.

The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults is the most comprehensive resource available for teaching self-protection and confidence skills to young people.

Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe is used by many schools and youth programs for their own anti-bullying activities.

Is there anything you’d like to ask or want us to know? We appreciate and will answer all of your comments, stories, and questions.

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Published: August 12, 2016   |   Last Updated: August 12, 2016

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: cartoon-illustrated Kidpower Safety Comics and Kidpower Teaching Books curriculum; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People, and the Amazon Best Seller Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.