by Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director | Dec 1, 2019
“When my grandchild told me about her friend making comments about suicide, I immediately knew how to take action! Thanks to Kidpower, we had the critical tools to help prevent a potential suicide in a safe manner.” — Aaron, grandfather
by Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director | Apr 16, 2013
15-year-old Audrie Potts from Saratoga, California, took her life after expressing her despair online about being sexually assaulted and cyberbullied. Her parents only found these messages when searching for reasons after her death. According to some estimates, teens spend half their lives online. These electronic worlds are too dangerous for our kids to live in without the knowledge and guidance of the adults who love them.
Too many times, adults don’t discover online messages about cyberbullying, parties with heavy drinking, or warning signs of despair or violence until after something terrible has happened, when the opportunity to take protective action is gone.