Many of us remember when, in 1993, 12-year-old Polly Klaas was kidnapped from her bedroom in Petaluma, California. Kidpower taught a special class for the two girls that were with Polly and for her other friends and family. The girls said, “If Polly had learned this, she would still be alive.” We gave training and materials to the Polly Klaas Foundation. And for months afterwards, we taught skills to little girls as young as five who would ask, “Can you keep what happened to Polly from happening to me?”

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Published: March 9, 2012   |   Last Updated: July 27, 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.

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