Protecting children’s personal safety in the real world often requires their being able to persist in situations that are uncomfortable where they don’t feel safe. For example, setting a boundary is likely to provoke a negative reaction at first. Knowing how to persist with a positive response to that negative reaction can make a big difference in whether or not the boundary will be respected. In addition, we want children to ask for help when they need it – but persisting in getting help when no one seems to be listening can be very hard work. In order for children to trust in their personal power, they need to know how to keep going even when they feel upset, discouraged, unhappy, embarrassed, or tired.

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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: 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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