Kidpower Programs for Schools and Youth Organizations

Kidpower Bullying Solutions

Bullying Prevention & Healthy Relationship Skills (SEL) Education

Take action to stop bullying and harassment with proven curriculum, providing experiential and engaging lessons for promoting the safety and well-being of children, teens, and the adults who care for them: including respectful boundaries for play, health, and safety; self-advocacy and positive communication skills; help-seeking skills; online safety, and digital citizenship ― to build healthy social skills, caring relationships, and a safe school community culture for people of all abilities, beliefs, and identities.

PreK-12 Bullying Prevention & Healthy Relationships (SEL) ProgramsCommon Questions & Answers
Experiential and Age Appropriate

We Know How to Make Learning About Safety Fun

Kidpower’s Positive Practice Method™ provides the opportunity for students to successfully practice role-plays with in-the-moment coaching to learn strategies and skills for dealing with problems other people, in very specific situations that are directly relevant to each person’s age, abilities, and life situation. We help develop and improve student awareness; boundary-setting skills, including how to speak up to stop unwanted, disrespectful, or unsafe behavior; and help-seeking skills — even from a busy, distracted, or impatient adults. Successful practices create a foundation for learning how to act effectively under pressure.

Professional Development Training

We Support Adult Leadership in Taking Action to Stop Bullying

Educators, mental health experts, public safety officials, and parents recommend Kidpower for being positive, practical, trauma-sensitive and emotionally safe, age-appropriate, adapted for different abilities, and relevant to the life situations of our students — as well as providing guidance and training to support positive adult leadership around safety issues. Bring Kidpower to your school or youth organization.

A FEW WORDS

From School and Youth Organization Leaders … about working with Kidpower:

A Word

From A School District Superintendent 

“Kidpower has proven to be an invaluable, trusted resource and a responsive service provider supporting physical and emotional safety in the Ravenswood City School District. We particularly appreciate that Kidpower works not from ‘the top down’ but from the grassroots, listening to those closest to the kids and coordinating services adapted for each school site. Our teaching staff has placed a high priority on the Kidpower training and support each year. We are also heartened to see how warmly received Kidpower has been by our parent community and confident that Kidpower can help us continue to work effectively together to help kids be safe.”

Dr. Gloria M. Hernandez-Goff 
Superintendent for the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, CA

A Word

From A Children’s Group Facilitator

“Kidpower always provides excellent presentations for our Children’s Circles. The format and information given is relevant, entertaining, engaging and FUN. The kids really love to spin the wheel and then role play with the different types of powers. The interactive nature of the sessions is priceless. Not only are the participants receiving skill building information, they are given the opportunity to troubleshoot in real life scenarios. The presentations are given from a strengths based perspective, and the kids are empowered with the courage and skills to handle tough situations with confidence.”

 

Marcia C. Redd
Circle of Parents, Children’s Group Facilitator, Project CATCH, Salvation Army of Wake County, North Carolina 

A Word

From A Social Work Supervisor 

“We are concerned about the prevalence of teasing and bullying, and we are concerned about the effect it has on the kids we work with, children who are often targeted because of their disabilities. Kidpower has provided us and the families we serve with practical tools to address the needs of these kids to empower them so they are safer.”

Mitch Eckstein
Social Work Supervisor for California Children’s Services San Mateo County

A Few Words

From A Director of Children’s Center 

A service partner since 2004, in 2005, Silvana shared with us a this Kidpower success story:

“One of our students, a four-year-old boy, witnessed his father being shot and killed two years ago. Understandably, this child is dealing with lots of trauma that comes out in different ways, and we are working hard to help him be successful. A week ago, this boy started choking another child, also a four-year-old. The child being choked yelled, in Spanish, “Stop! I don’t like that!” exactly as he had practiced in his Kidpower lesson – and it WORKED! The boy instantly let go. I believe that if our children had not had the Kidpower training, these boys would have been fighting, possibly resulting in a great deal of upset for both kids and adults, not to mention injury.”

 

I am grateful for the training and materials our teachers have received from Kidpower in how to teach our children these crucial skills. The children we teach face many challenges that can be barriers preventing academic success, and the Kidpower skills are tools that will help them overcome many of those challenges. They are an important piece of the foundation required for school readiness and academic success, and I highly recommend this program for any learning environment.

Silvana Mosca-Carreon
Director of El Nuevo Mundo Children’s Center in Richmond, CA

A Word

From A Coordinator for Independent Living

“Through creative and interactive teaching methods, Kidpower is able to teach common sense practical safety skills to people of all ages, with and without disabilities. We have been very impressed at how Kidpower is able to adapt their curriculum to fit the diverse needs of the various populations that we work with.”

Fiona Hinze
Systems Change Coordinator for the Independent Living Resource Center in San Francisco, CA

A Word

From An Early Childhood Center Director

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“Through creative and interactive teaching methods, Kidpower is able to teach common sense practical safety skills to people of all ages, with and without disabilities. We have been very impressed at how Kidpower is able to adapt their curriculum to fit the diverse needs of the various populations that we work with.”

Alexina Rojas Director of West County First 5 Center, West Contra Costa County, CA.

     

      

Meets or Exceeds Educational Standards

Kidpower Programs:
Best Practices Checklist

✓ Age Appropriate
✓ Adapted for Special Needs
✓ Trauma Sensitive
✓ Gender Inclusive
✓ Culturally Aware & Respectful
✓ Train the Trainer and Follow-up Mentoring
✓ Flexible and Adaptable Lessons
✓ Coaching Scripts
✓ Homework Assignments for Families
✓ Parent Education
✓ Available in Other Languages
✓ Social Stories and Activities
✓ Kinesthetic Safety Signals
✓ Common Language to Solve Problems
✓ Meets or Exceeds State Requirements
✓ Recommended on ErinsLaw.org
✓ Meets or Exceeds State Requirements on SEL and PBIS
✓ Meets or Exceeds State Requirements on Bullying Prevention

Kidpower Aligns With Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and Character Education

Kidpower Curriculum Aligns with PBIS Framework

  Kidpower utilizes PBIS approaches in our curriculum and classroom management.

  Kidpower’s approach to explicit teaching in a success-based model works best for everyone to learn, including students with disabilities.

  Kidpower skills provide students and supporting staff with proactive behavior strategies for emotional and physical safety and positive peer relationship skills.

  The Kidpower Everyday Safety curriculum offers skills that support positive behavior for all students within the classroom and non-classroom settings

  Kidpower’s success-based learning and experiential role-plays help enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to nourish environments that maximizes academic success.

Kidpower’s Comprehensive pre-K – 12 Curriculum

Bullying Prevention & Healthy Relationship Skills (SEL and Character Education)

Kidpower is a global nonprofit leader dedicated to providing empowering and effective sexual abuse and bullying prevention, child protection, and personal safety education for all ages, abilities, and walks of life.

Since 1989, we have served over 5.6 million children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs, through our workshops, partnerships, and educational resources. In locations where we have instructors, we teach hands-on workshops for families, schools, and organizations. In addition, we provide training of professionals, parent/guardian workshops, and extensive curriculum. Learn more about services we offer.

We prepare responsible adults to introduce and teach Kidpower skills in ways that are effective, empowering, and FUN – and to coach the use of these skills in daily life.

Just as crossing the street safely does not happen in one lesson, learning how to prevent and solve problems with people is not a one-time lesson, but an ongoing process. Learn more about the skills we teach.

Contact us to tailor services to your needs.

Key Skills for Preventing Bullying and Building Healthy Social Skills for Children and Teens

Specific bullying prevention skills for young people include:

✚ How to recognize what is and is not safe

✚ Understanding people’s rights to be treated with respect and the responsibility to treat others with respect

✚ How to set and respect boundaries on unwanted or unsafe touch, teasing, or comments

✚ The safety rules for touch, teasing, or play for fun or affection

✚ The safety and consent rules for teasing, affection, and play

✚ The safety rules for what is and is not your choice

✚ How to speak up about put-downs and to protect oneself from hurtful words or insults

✚ Resisting emotional coercion, bribes, and threats

✚ How to effectively walk away from trouble

✚ Making and following safety rules for interactive technology and internet use

✚ Checking and thinking first before changing the plan

✚ How to set effective boundaries to deal with hurtful behavior or comments such as putdowns, and deal with negative reactions, peer pressure, stereotypes, or prejudice

✚ How to manage big upset feelings when triggered

✚ Being very persistent in getting help from busy or impatient adults

Specific bullying prevention skills for adults who are caring for children include:

✚ Making SURE that young people know you care by making the Kidpower Protection Promise

✚ Setting or insisting on policies that are clearly understood and consistently applied by everyone, such as the Kidpower Safety & Respect Message

✚ Recognizing potentially unsafe or inappropriate behavior

✚ Advocating for the well being of young people

✚ Intervening positively with a skill-based approach to stop problems early like Kidpower’s Positive Practice Method™

✚ Overcoming obstacles to child safety

✚ Teaching safety rules and skills to children in ways that are age-appropriate and fun, rather than scary or confusing

✚ Advocating with family members and friends to ensure that teasing, games, ore affection is truly a child’s choice

✚ Reinforcing the safety skills in daily life

Contact us to tailor services to your needs.

PreK – 12
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Starting Strong for PreK and Kindergardeners

Kidpower Safety for Elementary Students

Safety on Your Own for Middle Schoolers

Teenpower: Take Charge of Your Safety

Kidpower Parent/Caregiver Education

Kidpower Training of Professionals

Common Questions

Kidpower’s Approach to Bullying Prevention & Healthy Relationships Program

Bullying seems to be prevalent everywhere. Can it be stopped, or even better, prevented?

Most harm caused by bullying is PREVENTABLE!

Our article Face Bullying with Confidence: 8 Kidpower skills we can use right away have helped to prepare countless people of all ages and abilities to prevent and stop bullying. Whether you are a parent, educator, or other caring adult, you can coach young people to practice these bullying prevention skills to protect them from most bullying, increase their confidence, and help them develop positive peer relationships. Whether you are a parent, educator, or other caring adult, when you are coaching someone to practice safety skills, this individual is your student and you are their teacher.

What is bullying?

Bullying is when a person or group deliberately tries to make someone else feel upset, scared, or ashamed. People often bully others who have any difference of behavior, appearance, culture, race, class, ability, or identity.

The technical definition of bullying is, “a repeated oppression, psychological or physical, of a less powerful person by a more powerful person or group of persons.” Bullying is different from aggression between people of equal power. However, someone can have less power than others for many reasons – being shy; being different in any way; lacking confidence; having problems at home; having a disability; being of a minority race or religion; being a high achiever; or lacking physical strength. In addition, even one unresolved incident of feeling personally attacked can cause lasting upset even if it does not fit the technical definition of bullying.

Bullying takes many different forms, including: physical threats or violence; name-calling and teasing; mocking; shunning and ostracism; and social attacks on someone’s reputation. People can bully others directly, in person; indirectly, such as by gossiping or ‘badmouthing’ by voice to others; or through any form of communication technology, including talking on the phone, writing, texting, emailing, recording, and in gaming environments. Bullying behavior occurs in schools, sports, youth groups, work places, social groups, recreational camps, senior centers, and online activities. Bullying can happen anywhere people gather, either in the real world or the virtual world. Bullying takes place between people of all ages, identities, and walks of life.

Young people who are being bullied are especially likely to feel trapped and alone because they usually don’t have a choice about where they live, go to school, or play.

What is the difference between bullying and normal conflict between peers?

Conflict is a normal part of most relationships because people have different perspectives and priorities. While kids need adult supervision so that they learn how to deal with conflict constructively, most upsetting behavior between people is NOT bullying. People can also be hurtful to each other because of thoughtlessness, annoyance, poor boundaries, and experimenting with negative uses of their power without realizing the impact.

The good news is that the social-emotional skills that can prevent and stop most bullying and harassment are also important in developing healthy relationships. Learning how to take charge of their own emotional and physical safety; how to act safely and respectfully towards others even if they feel frustrated or upset; how to set boundaries and respect the boundaries of others; and how to advocate effectively to help others, empowers most people and gives them tools to better manage future conflicts and relationship issues.

The bottom line is that everyone has the right to be treated with respect, and the responsibility to act respectfully towards themselves and others.

How do I help protect the young people in my life from bullying?

Children and teens need consistent, repeated messages from their parents, teachers, principals, coaches, recreation leaders, and other caring adults that,

“I want you to be and feel safe. Being safe means freedom from harm to your body and your feelings. Your job is to speak up if someone is saying or doing something that is hurtful to you – and to get help from the adults in charge if that doesn’t work.

I also want you to act safely and respectfully towards others. Your job is to stay in charge of what you say and do so that you are not being harmful or scary, even if you feel really annoyed, scared, or upset. You can be powerful in protecting yourself and respectful at the same time. If you have trouble at school or anywhere else, I want you to tell me.”

What you do is even more important than what you say. Model being powerful and respectful while setting boundaries to advocate for and protect the well being of yourself and others – and while noticing and honoring the boundaries of others. Show how some boundaries need to be negotiated. Ask kids to tell you what bullying is – and whether they have ever seen anyone being bullied. Discuss when characters in books or movies are bullying or being victimized by bullying.

Pay attention and intervene  when you see kids acting in hurtful or disrespectful ways towards each other with the same intention that you would stop young people from throwing rocks through a window. If we don’t respond when kids are being unkind or unsafe, we are not walking our talk.

Interrupting and redirecting harmful behavior can be as simple as saying, “Excuse me! That sounds hurtful/doesn’t look safe! What’s going on?” You can then have kids practice how to communicate in ways that meet your values.

Discuss the Kidpower Protection Promise with every child and teen in your care so that they know that they can come to you for help. From time to time, ask the young people in your life, “Is there anything you’ve been wondering or worrying about that you haven’t told me?”

What should children and teens do if someone tries to bully them, in person or online?

Give young people opportunities to practice being powerful, respectful, and persistent when using these skills:

  • Using their awareness to notice a problem situation and move out of reach, either in person or online.
  • Telling someone to stop hurtful behavior.
  • Asking to join a game, conversation, or other activity in a friendly, confident way.
  • Leaving and finding someone else to hang out with.
  • Protecting their feelings from hurtful words or behaviors.
  • Interrupting busy adults and being persistent in asking for help with a safety problem.

Make sure that children know that most adults want them to be safe at school and at recreational activities, and will listen if they understand the problem. See our articles:

What should children and teens do if they see another kid being bullied?

If young people witness bullying, their wisest choices are going to depend on the situation – they can speak up, reach out, and/or leave to get help.

Suppose the person doing the bullying is being unkind by leaving another kid out or by calling names. Give kids practice speaking up while staying polite and confident with statements like:

  • “Stop! That seems like a hurtful thing to say.”
  • “Wait! The rule here is that everybody gets to play!”
  • “Hi! What’s going on?”
  • “Hey! That’s not cool!”

Show how to persist respectfully if someone reacts negatively. Discuss recognizing bullying online and point out that “liking” or sharing hurtful messages is participating in bullying.

If kids don’t feel safe or able to speak up, their wisest choice is usually to leave and get help. Suppose someone is being threatening or physically unsafe by hitting, kicking, tripping, or shoving. Give kids practice in how to leave right away and interrupt a busy adult to get help. Encourage kids to reach out to someone who has been bullied by offering support, giving an invitation to join an activity, or sitting together. 

Young people can have a huge impact and be safer themselves if they know that any unsafe behavior on the Internet is an important time to get adult help. One of our Kidpower Teens, “Laura”, asked her mother for help because an online “friend” in a chat group was writing despairing comments about life not being worth living. With her mother’s guidance, Laura told this girl that feeling this was not safe and encouraged her to call the Suicide Prevention Hotline. The next day the girl wrote to Laura that she had talked to a counselor there for a very long time. Although she didn’t have clear answers yet, this girl was on the path to getting the kind of help she needed. See Suicide Prevention Success Story: The Opposite of Cyberbullying.

What should I do if I am worried that my child is being bullied?

First, take a breath! Stay calm no matter how you feel inside. You will be more successful in dealing with the problem, and your child will be more likely to give you accurate information, if you sound caring rather than upset or anxious. If your child tells you about a problem, thank your child for letting you know. If you’ve noticed something that your child has not mentioned, bring up the subject in a matter-of-fact way.

Most schools and youth groups are doing a tremendous job with limited resources and truly care about their students. Your job is to advocate for your child in a way that seeks solutions rather than blame.

See Bullying in Schools – 7 Solutions for Parents. Encourage adult leaders to apologize to children who have been bullied and to tell them directly that it is always okay to come to them for help. With better skills and strong support, everyone involved can learn what to do, as well as what to not do. Bullying can cause big problems — and can also create a tremendous opportunity to grow.

What if my child is doing the bullying?

Pushing boundaries and experimenting with negative uses of their power is normal for some young people. With adult guidance, they can learn to redirect this behavior and become positive leaders. Kids who bully need to know that unkind, hurtful behavior is against the rules and to face consistent, age-appropriate consequences. Rather than lecturing, use practice as a management tool to address unsafe, disrespectful behavior.

Look for the reasons underneath your child’s bullying behavior and practice skills that can help your child deal with these issues in a safer way. Remember that in a stressful moment, people of any age are more likely to do what they’ve practiced than what they’ve been told. Dealing with the disappointment of not getting what you want, having to wait your turn, feeling upset by what someone else said or did, understanding the other person’s point of view, and calming down instead of exploding in anger are all skills that can be learned and practiced until they become habits. See Practice as a Management Tool for Unsafe, Disrespectful Behavior.

Do you talk to kids about the steps to take if they feel they are the target of bullying?

YES. In addition to talking, we practice with kids how to find someone to talk with, and how to be persistent in getting help with safety problems from busy adults. We achieve this goal by teaching a combination of safety principles, and just as important, skills, for how to talk about problems with adults they trust.

Kidpower’s Founding ‘Put Safety First’ Principle is:

The safety and well being of a child are more important than anyone’s embarrassment, inconvenience, or offense – theirs, ours, or any other person’s.

Kidpower’s Four Core Boundary Principles are:

  1. We each belong to ourselves. Our bodies, our time, our personal space, and our choices – are ours alone.
  2. Some things are not a choice (health and safety).
  3. Problems should not have to be a secret. Games, touch, and presents someone gives you should not have to be a secret.
  4. Tell and keep telling – as many adults as you have to, as many times as you need to – until you get help and your problem stops.

Kidpower’s age-appropriate and ability-appropriate social safety skills include, among others: recognizing what is and is not safe; boundary-setting; moving away from trouble; projecting confidence; assertive advocacy; and persisting to get help effectively from adults when you have a Safety Problem of any kind, including possible bullying..

This two-pronged approach of teaching skills together with principles enables us to equip even very young children – as well as people of any age whose cognitive differences make them even more vulnerable to bullying than their peers – with skills they can use to get help if they feel unsafe in a broad range of situations, including in situations involving potential bullying, harassment, abuse, assault, and other violence, without burdening them with graphic details about ongoing bullying or abuse.

Focusing on the bad things that could happen does not make kids safer and can cause upset that can make it harder for kids to take action in the moment to be safe. This is why, in schools, teachers lead fire drill skills practices rather than talking about what happens to people in a fire; at swim facilities, instructors focus on swimming rather than on drowning; and in families, parents focus on the skills of fastening seat belts and looking both ways rather than on explaining what happens to people in car accidents. Similarly, Kidpower focuses on teaching skills that can help children be safer and get help from adults, rather than on talking about the details of possible danger.

Is your staff trained and qualified on how to deal with kids who have been bullied?

Yes. In order to receive and maintain certification, all Kidpower Instructors must consistently demonstrate an understanding of the actions they are expected to take if they believe a child in one of their workshops might be the target of bullying or have been abused.

Kidpower curriculum also includes the following core statement from The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults and the article: Sometimes the People Kids Love Have Problems: What Children DO and DO NOT Need to Know:

“Sometimes the people kids love have problems, and sometimes their problems are so big that they do things that hurt kids or make them uncomfortable. If this happens to you or a friend, it does NOT mean you did anything wrong. It means that the person who did this broke the Safety Rules and that you all need help. The best way to get help is to tell a grown-up you trust and to keep telling until that person or another person does something about it.  And it is NEVER too late to tell.”

All Kidpower Instructors are trained to support students of any age in getting help with any kind of Safety Problem, or anything that bothers them, from the adults in their lives who are in a position to help and protect that student in an ongoing way.

At least one such adult is always present in a Kidpower workshop that serves minors, because, in Kidpower group workshops, a minimum of one of the group’s regular leaders – the lead teacher, counselor, coach, etc. – is required to attend and participate fully in all activities. In workshops serving families, children must be accompanied by at least one of their own parents/guardians/care providers. Kidpower always enthusiastically welcomes parents and other support staff – such as the school aides, counselors, and administrators – to participate in workshops.

Even those Kidpower Instructors who happen to also be counselors, therapists, law enforcement officers, doctors, or lawyers themselves do not take on the role of counselor, therapist, health care provider, or legal advisor in the context of their work as Kidpower Instructors. Kidpower Instructors are highly trained ‘people safety’ skills teachers who work with groups for short periods to strengthen skills as well as communication between young people and the adults in their lives who can help them. Working within our clear boundaries with participating families and partner agencies is crucial for maintaining safety, respect, and healthy boundaries for all involved.

Here are our recommendations for adults, which have been used by tens of thousands of parents, teachers, and other caring adults in different school districts and organizations:  What to Do if a Child Reports Possible Abuse, Bullying, Harassment, or Anything Else That Bothers Them.

Does Kidpower teach about preventing sexual harassment as well as bullying?

Yes. Too often, young people use gender stereotypes and homophobia to make each other miserable.

To stop sexual harassment, adults must set a good example and speak up about behavior that happens in front of them. If we don’t say anything, we should not be surprised when young people believe that this behavior is acceptable to us.

Learn more about how Kidpower addresses sexual harassment in our Sexual Abuse Prevention and our Bullying Prevention programs, including stories from real teaching situations and our 8 actions adults can take to prevent and stop sexual harassment of young people in our article: Stopping Sexual Harassment in Schools.

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More Common Adult Questions about Kidpower’s Bullying Prevention & Healthy Relationship Skills Education Programs

What about cyber-bullying?

Technology provides people who react with bullying behavior with countless efficient and anonymous opportunities for targeting others.  We have found that the skills needed to stop bullying behavior online and via social media are the same as in person. When a young person knows how to make Safety Decisions for themselves and use Kidpower’s ‘People Safety’ skills in person, with very little adaptations, they are able to use them in their online activities as well. 

In our workshops we focus on in-person skill development while creating clear pathways on how these skills can be use online. See also our articles:

Also see Kidpower’s Digital Citizenship and Safety Agreement – including a useful template you can adapt for your use.

 

Do you share tips with parents and teachers on how to report bullying?

Yes. Kidpower teaches advocacy skills and other skills for taking charge of safety on behalf of yourself and on behalf of loved ones in all kinds of safety situations, including – but not limited to – addressing bullying. We provide parents, teachers, and other caring adults with tools that are highly recommended by mental health experts, public safety officers, and educators for explaining and practicing ways to stay safe or counter bullying behavior that have proven to be clear for children of all ages without putting images in children’s minds that might be emotionally unsafe.

As skills teachers, we are not counselors or therapists, nor do we provide legal advice. Rather, we teach effective persistence, advocacy, and help-seeking skills in our workshops. In addition, Kidpower is a community resource accessible to all adults; they are not limited to accessing our resources only in the context of a workshop or of a service contract with a district or agency.

As a community resource, Kidpower offers guidance for parents, teachers, and other youth service professionals in assessing possible avenues for reporting, as many of the adults in our workshops work within structures that delineate pathways for reporting.

Developing the skills to assess those reporting pathways – and to assess the potential risk of moving outside those pathways – enables adults to act more effectively and powerfully as advocates for child safety in all situations, including those involving potential bullying.

Here are our recommendations for adults, which have been used by tens of thousands of parents, teachers, and other caring adults in different school districts and organizations:  What to Do if a Child Reports Possible Abuse, Bullying, Harassment, or Anything Else That Bothers Them.

We also provide ongoing education about bullying prevention actions for parents, teachers, and other caring adults who sign up for our newsletters, visit our Online Resource Library, or email us.

What can I do to protect my child from bullying and other kinds of violence?

1)  Make SURE you know what is happening with your kids – who are the people with them? What are they doing? Where are they going?

2)  Put Safety First – ahead of embarrassment, inconvenience, offense, fame, or fortune. Take action when a young person comes to you for help or when you suspect that there might be a problem. See our article about what to do when a child comes to you for help. 

3)  Make SURE kids know you CARE. Discuss the Kidpower Protection Promise with every child that you are in a position to support. Watch our 1 minute video, print out our free posters, and listen when kids come to you with their problems.

4)  Teach kids not to keep unsafe secrets. The Kidpower Safety Rule is that problems should not be a secret, any kind of touch should not be a secret, presents someone gives you should not be a secret, friendships should not be a secret, and activities or favors should not be a secret.

5)  Teach Kidpower skills for setting boundaries, recognizing and leaving an unsafe situation, resisting emotional coercion, and being persistent in getting help.

Does Kidpower help adults help kids who have experienced bullying, abuse, or other violence?

Yes. As a nonprofit organization, Kidpower is a community based resource available to all adults committed to protecting young people.

We serve not only schools and school districts but also all kinds of businesses, social service agencies, clubs, preschools, camps, and other groups as well as individual parents, counselors, teachers, coaches, therapists, and others seeking guidance in how to protect young people in their care, including those who have or may have experienced bullying.

Providing guidance in advocacy and youth protection skills to adults – including parents as well as professionals in education, health, and social services – for helping kids in their lives who have been bullied is the most effective means through which Kidpower helps kids who have experienced bullying, abuse, violence, and other trauma.

We have a number of success stories about children who tell an adult they trust about bullying after a Kidpower workshop. Because adults are prepared to respond effectively, children are given support – and action was taken, resulting in the children being protected from further harm. See also our article: 5 Recommendations to Help a Child Recover From Severe Bullying.

We offer many paths to youth protection advocacy knowledge and skills for adults, including private consultation, organizational staff training, our parent/child workshops, our workshops for teens, our annual 3-day Child Protection Institute, and Kidpower’s Comprehensive Program and Instructor Training; and of course, our many books, comics, curriculum lessons, and training manuals, including our #1 bestselling book: Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.

"We're concerned about whether teachers find that learning the curriculum feels like yet another task for them.” Do you ever get that sort of feedback?

We have had great feedback from those adults that are implementing the Kidpower skills in their schools and organizations. We have heard the feedback that teachers are already have too much to cover and they don’t have room for one more thing. However, because we have so many options, adaptations and ways to practice these skills, including our Safety Minutes, which are 5 minute lessons, those same teachers soon learned that it was actually very easy to incorporate them into their daily activities. And because so many of the practices help with behavior issues and transition issues within the classroom, implementing these skills will actually save time and frustration overall.

For example, we had one elementary teacher who said she had no time for anything else in class. We asked her, “What is the most frustrating part of your day in the classroom?”  She answered, “Transitions from one activity to the next, such as reading to recess, PE or lunch.”

We asked if we could have 10 minutes to show how we would practice this with the class and how to use our safety signals in the transitions. By the end of the 10 minutes, transitions that used to take 5 or more minutes, we had down to 30 seconds. The kids had a blast practicing and trying to beat their time each practice. We taught them: Awareness power, Mouth Closed power, Hands Down power, and Line Up power, and used these as our cues to the students for what we wanted them to do. The teacher was so impressed she immediately started using these skills and reported a couple months later that she has so much more time now and is not drained at the end of the day from these transitions. In addition, the kids are doing so well with their skills that they are able to handle many peer interaction situations on their own in a positive way and not have to ask the teacher every single time someone does something they do not like. They only go to her when they have tried on their own and need help or if it is a Safety Problem. This would be one of the many things we would cover with teachers and staff at a professional training and would really help to get “buy in” from them on the program.

What resources does Kidpower have to offer?

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International (Kidpower) is a leading global nonprofit dedicated to providing empowering and effective child protection, positive communication, and personal safety skills for all ages and abilities. Since 1989, Kidpower has protected more than 5.6 million children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs, from child abuse, bullying, sexual assault, and other emotional and physical violence through our workshops, partnerships, and educational resources.

Learn more about:

See these resources pages: 

RelationSafe Publications, offering low-cost engaging and comprehensive books, comics, lesson plans, curriculum, and training manuals for adults who want to teach People Safety Skills to the young people in their lives.

For example, the Kidpower Safety Comics series provides age-appropriate and entertaining and useful tools to introduce and discuss People Safety Skills with young children, youth, teens and young adults – including how to be safe with peers, known adults, and strangers.

Kidpower provides in-person and long-distance training and consultation to schools, organizations, and individuals from all over the world.

Bullying Prevention and Healthy Relationship Skills (SEL) Education

Kidpower Service Options

For Schools, Agencies, and Youth Organizations

What kind of service meets your needs?

We can help you tailor our resources to meet your needs for programs to prevent sexual abuse, as well as bullying, and other harmful behaviors at your school, organization, and in the community.

Contact us about options and to make a plan that works for you.

Hands-on practices & tailored skill examples taught by Kidpower Instructors

On-line resources & personalized support accessible from your location

Step-by-step instructions, lesson plans & illustrated concepts to present and practice with students

Choose from 100s of helpful & practical articles, videos, webinars, handouts, and posters

In-Person Learning
for School/Agency Professionals

Group Staff Training

Introductory group training to Kidpower methods and skills, tailored to your school’s needs.

Full 1-day staff training on Kidpower methods and skills, tailored to the needs of your school, district or agency.

Parent & Student Workshops

Focusing on Kidpower’s Child Protection approach, parents & concerned adults get answers & skills to keep their child, of any age, safer.

Classroom workshops for students with teachers and parent volunteers provide a Kidpower teaching model in action. For students of any age.

Skills for Child Protection Advocates Institute

3-day Professional Development Training with tailored learning to each participant’s specific context.

Instructor Certification & Core Program Training

A 6-day intensive training, with option of auditing as professional development or following process to obtain Kidpower certification.

“I am amazed! In just a few short staff training hours, I learned more about child protection skills with Kidpower than from any other training I have taken.”

In-Person services are mostly available in locations where we have Kidpower Instructors.

If you are far from a Kidpower Center, a traveling instructor option is also possible.

“Experiencing Kidpower directly in my classroom and seeing the curriculum taught by a Kidpower instructor was a joy. Getting clear guidance on how to practice these prevention skills with my students was key. It gave me confidence in my ability to know how to keep practicing these skills with them.”

Long-Distance Education
for School/Agency Professionals

Consulting

By phone, Skype, or email, Kidpower provides guidance & support to agency and school professionals, helping them effectively implement Kidpower’s prevention education curriculum and tailor it to each school’s or agency’s needs.

Live Coaching Calls

Specific topics and personalized answers are provided during live 1-hour group conference coaching calls. Transcripts and recordings also available afterwards.

Webinars

Professional members of our Library enjoy access to live webinars and follow-up recordings on key prevention education topics presented by Kidpower’s Founder.

On-Site Group Training
for School/Agency Professionals

CPAI-Practicing LessonsIntroductory Level Staff Training – 3 to 4 hours – Unlimited participants  

(Kidpower Comics & Teaching Books optional) 

A three- to four-hour training where teachers, counselors, yard duty & lunch-hour supervisors, childcare providers, and other professionals learn direct applications of People Safety skills relevant to their own specific work situation. Participants learn applications of skills to improve students’ People Safety skill competency as well applications to support a safe, positive learning environment. Trainings are available for professionals working with young people as well as for professionals serving adult populations.

Full 1-Day Staff Training – Unlimited participants

(Kidpower Comics & Teaching Books optional) 

Professional participants learn activities and skills they can show their students. Our goal is to build each professional participant’s confidence in their own ability to introduce, coach, and tailor core Kidpower skills independently with their own students. We offer guidance in adapting and applying skills for new or job-specific situations. Follow-up individual long-distance coaching optional.

Contact us to select the right service option that meets your needs.

On-Site Group Training
for Parents & Students

Parent-Caregiver Child Protection Workshop – 2 hours – Unlimited participants

Adults learn how to use the Kidpower Child Protection approach for keeping their kids safe and for helping their children learn and develop age-appropriate People Safety skills. Your class can focus on any age range, infancy to teen. Participants practice ways to foster the skills through upbeat, experiential practice without using fear as a motivator.

Classroom Workshops for Students

Using the Kidpower Teaching Books in Lessons (Image in Classroom)

Students practicing setting a boundary with calm respect.

Short classroom workshops are a great opportunity to see Kidpower taught in action by an experienced Kidpower Instructor. Classroom workshops are a wonderful way to work on a variety of goals that support school implementation of prevention education and positive learning environments. We can teach skills directly to students, involve and introduce available volunteer parents to Kidpower methods, support the classroom teacher and other school professionals with guidance towards continued use of Kidpower skills & methods after the workshop.

Classroom workshops can be as short as 1-hour and can be provided at grade-level for K-12 or at the college level.

These workshops are quickly and easily adaptable to classrooms of students with special needs.

Contact us to select the right service option that meets your needs.

Consulting

Using phone, video-calling and/or email, Kidpower’s Founder and Executive Director, Irene van der Zande, provides guidance on prevention education methods and topics, dealing with common problems, or by providing step-by-step instructions for dealing with specific situations or issues. Consulting helps professionals tailor Kidpower’s prevention education curriculum to fit their specific needs or those of their school or agency.

Many schools and individuals call on Kidpower for consulting when something upsetting or an emergency has happened in their school or community. We can provide support and specific language on how to address stressful or worrisome incidents in a positive and skill-building way. We often provide specific language on what to say as well as how to say it. This helps everyone involved decrease fear and anxiety and increase confidence and competence.

If training is not a practical option, consulting can be a great alternative. 1-hour of consulting is included in our Professional membership.

Contact us to select the right service option that meets your needs.

Professional Development Training

Kidpower’s Child Protection Advocates Training Institute offers a unique opportunity for adults to learn to use Kidpower’s prevention, advocacy, intervention, and personal safety strategies and skills to take charge of the safety and well-being of the children and teens in their personal and professional lives.

Our 2018 Summer Institute in California this past August had participants from around the world! Dates for Summer 2019 will be announced in January.  Contact Kidpower to inquire about organizing this unique and powerful child safety leadership training for your school, organization, or members of your community!

Kidpower Core Program and Instructor Training — We are now accepting applications for our next annual Kidpower Core Program Training: How to Use the Positive Practice Method to Teach People Safety Skills to Children and Their Adults. This training is held in January in Santa Cruz, CA and includes hands-on opportunities to work with students using Kidpower curriculum and with full support from training staff.

Our Teenpower/Fullpower Core Program Training for Teens and Adults, including People with Special Needs is held every two years, usually in April. The next opportunity is in 2020. This program is primarily for people who want to become certified as Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International instructors and also for people who want to audit the program to use in their personal and professional lives without becoming certified.

Contact us to tailor professional development and staff training services to your needs.

Traveling Instructors

Kidpower instructors lead comprehensive learning experiences with skill, compassion, and humor. If you live far from a Kidpower Center where we have certified instructors, but want to bring training to your location, please contact us! We look forward to exploring what arrangement could work for your group and for Kidpower.

“After a scary incident occurred in our community, getting personalized guidance on how to address this situation with our students, our parents and our staff made it possible for us to dramatically reduce anxiety for everyone and provide positive practices to our students that built-up their safety competency.”

Teaching Books for School/Agency Professionals

Curriculum Books for Bullying Prevention and Healthy Relationship Skills Education

You can click the links below to go straight to a more detailed description of each of these curriculum and lesson books with purchase options.  We can provide discounts for large orders.

Curriculum Teaching Books Front Covers

Bullying -- What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe

Learn how to use and teach Kidpower self-protection skills and strategies to protect children and teens from bullying at school, home, online social media and gaming, and out in your community. Learn More | Buy the book

Curriculum Teaching Books Front Covers

Curriculum Teaching Books

Kidpower and Teenpower/Fullpower Curriculum Teaching Books provide lesson plans and illustrated social stories for teaching groups of students in classes, recreational programs, and families. Learn More & Buy the books

15 Group Lessons Book Front Cover

Kidpower Confident Kids Safety Lessons

Prepare children to take charge of their emotional and physical safety with peers, acquaintances and strangers with these 15 ‘People Safety’ Group Lessons, with cartoon illustrations. Learn More | Buy the Book

10 People Safety Assignments Book Front Cover

Kidpower Confident Kids 10 Assignments

10 short, cartoon-illustrated assignments that can be used in a classroom, youth group, or family to introduce and reinforce key Kidpower “People Safety” Skills in English and Spanish. Learn More | Buy the Book

Curriculum Teaching Books Front Covers

Kidpower Starting Strong

Clear explanations, relevant social stories, and directions for practicing each set of skills along with adaptations for learning differences. Crafts, games, and suggestions for using the Kidpower skills to address different issues, take-home lessons for families, and adaptations for children with learning differences. Build on the skills and knowledge taught in the Lessons book in order to help children develop strong safety habits that can stay with them throughout their lives. Learn More | Buy the Safety Lessons and the Teacher’s Guide 

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Kidpower Safety Comics Series

Our cartoon-illustrated Safety Comic Book series for younger and older children, teens and young adults with disabilities, are engaging resources for teaching how to be aware, move away from trouble, set boundaries, and get help. Learn More  |  Buy the Books

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The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults

This inspiring, comprehensive guide puts Kidpower’s 30+ years of experience at the fingertips of parents, educators, and all adults who care about protecting children and teens. Learn More | Buy the book

One Strong Move Book Front Cover

One Strong Move: Cartoon-illustrated Self-Defense Lessons

This cartoon-illustrated book provides important self-defense lessons showing how to avoid and escape from an attack for adults and teens and for use by adults in teaching young people. Learn More | Buy the book

Doing Right by Our Kids is a field guide for practicing courage. It will arm you with the knowledge and skills you need to know when, why, and how to act to protect your kids.”

— Dan Heath, New York Times Bestselling Author

A groundbreaking new book about Protecting Child Safety at All Levels by internationally-recognized child safety education experts, Amy Tiemann, PhD and Irene van der Zande.

 

For even more educational publications from Kidpower, see our complete RelationSafe™ Books Listings – including publications in English, Spanish, and bi-lingual English/Spanish editions.

“The simple language and great teaching directions in Kidpower Books allows us to use them easily with our students with special needs of all ages and abilities. They love them and keep asking for more.”

Kidpower Library Memberships
for School/Agency Professionals

Access Kidpower’s extensive online Resource Library with a free Community Membership.

Professional and Executive Members enjoy Professional Use Licensing, plus major discounts on Professional Development Training and Executive Coaching services.


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