People Safety Podcasts

Our podcast is designed for adults but is just fine for kids of any age to hear. It's sparked many interesting conversations between adults and kids in families and schools everywhere. We hope you'll enjoy them, too! You can listen to any episode through your computer's speakers just by clicking "Listen" -- no MP3 player or special software needed. If you'd like to download them and aren't sure how, read our step-by-step directions for downloading using iTunes or Juice.

What is People Safety? (5:50)

If your life brings you in contact with other people, then you deserve People Safety skills for getting the most out of every interaction you have. It’s true that People Safety skills are powerful tools for preventing, avoiding, de-escalating, and escaping from situations that have the potential to be truly dangerous, but they also happen to be the most powerful relationship-building skills you and those you love could have.

“Bad Words” and Staying Safe (6:09)

There was a girl – let’s call her Sara — who had a safety problem.  During lunchtime at her school, some other kids were saying things that felt hurtful.  They were using what her teachers and her parents called “bad words.”  Different things make it hard for kids to tell adults about problems, but one reason kids don’t tell about hurtful words is that they just don’t know HOW to start the conversation.

Solve it Yourself? (6:57)

Adults want kids to learn to deal with problems. That’s why they sometimes say things like, “I want you to solve it yourself,” or “Figure it out on your own.” And if you spilled a bunch of pencils, you do need to solve it yourself. But if the problem you’re dealing with is one you have no idea how to solve, or if you don’t know how to do the work safely, or if you can tell that what you are trying is not effective because the problem is getting bigger instead of better, then you need help. Persisting until you get adult help is important.

Safety Screens (5:38)

Find out how internal “screens” can protect our feelings, our hearts and minds, from hurtful words can also help us stay focused on making choices that build stronger relationships. Kids, teens, and adults who imagine these “safety screens” can still notice the mean words that people say, but they can be aware of those words without letting the words inside where they could hurt and also where they can get stuck. The awareness of the problem is one kind of fresh air that helps people stay centered and think about how to solve the problem. The mean words themselves, they’re like the bugs – they stay outside.

Tattling and Telling: What’s the Difference? (5:21)

Understanding the difference between tattling and telling is a big part of being safe, because telling to get help with problems is important, but tattling is hurtful, and it makes problems bigger.

Enduring Affection (6:04)

Learning to endure unwanted physical affection is not a safe life habit. By respecting others’ boundaries, you have the power to support the development of those skills and also strengthen the trust and the affection in your relationship.

Look Around, Not Just at the Ground (2:38)

By looking around and noticing things closer to the level of our own eyes, we’re much more likely to notice potential problems earlier. By noticing early, we can take action to prevent problems and stay safe, making our odds of having a good day go way up.

Stranger Safety: What Rhymes with Ranger? (6:48)

The word ‘danger’ and the word ‘stranger’ are both important in making safety plans – it’s good to avoid danger, and stranger safety habits help prevent problems. It’s too bad that they rhyme, though, because we’ve been really quick to stick them together, and putting these rhyming words together gives them power they don’t deserve to have over how we think and how we feel.

Safety Tools for Safety Problems (4:59)

Tools work best when we match the tool to the problem that we’re facing. This is true for hand tools like hammers and screwdrivers, and it’s true for safety tools, as well.

Danger Ahead ~ Emailing While Angry (3:58)

When we’re triggered or exploded with any feeling – like sadness, fear or anger – it’s hard to think clearly and make wise choices for ourselves. Next time you’re angry and ready to give someone an electronic piece of your mind, think first!

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