Although most people who come to your door will have good intentions, you need to remember that opening your door to someone provides this person with easy access to your home. We at Kidpower recommend the following steps for making and rehearsing Safety Plans with kids for opening the door and for being home alone. Doing the following Kidpower practices is fun, only takes a few minutes, and can make a tremendous difference to your children’s ability to be successful in using these skills in real life.

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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; and The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People.

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