Excerpt: “A sex offender is living in our neighborhood! How do I protect my kids?” Horrified parents often call Kidpower when they discover that a registered sex offender is living next door or down the street. They want urgently to know how to keep their children safe.

Instead of panicking, Kidpower advises parents to use your increased awareness to overcome The Illusion of Safety. Your greater knowledge can prepare you to protect your family from many hidden dangers in addition to this one.

Our challenge as parents is to protect and empower our children without terrifying them. But how to do that? The following five tips are from The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People.


A sex offender is living in our neighborhood! How do I protect my kids?” Horrified parents often call us when they discover that a registered sex offender is living next door or down the street. They want urgently to know how to keep their children safe.

Our challenge as parents is to protect and empower our children without terrifying them. But how to do that? The following five tips are from The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People.

1. Be realistic.  Unfortunately most child molesters have not yet been caught and are not registered on lists. The knowledge that someone living close to you has abused children is of course deeply distressing.  The bad news is that sexual predators live in most communities without our knowledge. The good news is that you and your children have the power to learn skills that can keep your family safe most of the time.
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Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director

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: Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe, the Kidpower Safety Comics series, the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults, and The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People.

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