Kidpower Resources for Schools

Proven Bullying, Abuse, and Violence Prevention Education

Preschools — Elementary, Middle, and High Schools — Colleges

Our district has been very excited to discover and experience the philosophy, depth, adaptability, and practicality of Kidpower’s training and educational materials. The Kidpower curriculum empowers students, parents, and teachers by using a strengths-based approach to create a culture of safety. Kathy Marshall

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Orinda Union School District

27 Years of Experience Worldwide

4.1+ million kids, teens, and adults – including those with special needs – have used Kidpower since 1989

On-going review & updates of curriculum to ensure evidence-based, relevant, effective curriculum

On-going collection of post-survey data to verify if learning objectives are met

Why Choose Kidpower?

Kidpower’s Proven Prevention Curriculum STANDS OUT because…

50x50px-orange-seed-transparentSkill development is based on strength – not fear

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50x50px-orange-seed-transparentCurriculum is adaptable to individual learning styles and abilities, including any special needs

50x50px-orange-seed-transparentContent and teaching method are relevant for different cultures, ages, and life situations

50x50px-orange-seed-transparentExperiential – participants remember what they learn

50x50px-orange-seed-transparentTrauma-informed

50x50px-orange-seed-transparentProvides a wide range of safety and relationship skills

50x50px-orange-seed-transparentProactive in helping children, teens, and adults to identify and avoid harmful, risky situations

50x50px-orange-seed-transparentProven track record of providing effective skills from the preschool years to college years

50x50px-orange-seed-transparentEvidence-based and presented with fidelity worldwide

The Kidpower Method™ is FUN… POSITIVE… and UPBEAT!

Curb bullying, violence, and abuse in schools and communities

The threat of bullying, violence, and abuse in schools greatly undermines the sense of security that all students and staff should have in a healthy learning environment. Kidpower tools can significantly increase everyone’s capacity to avoid and resolve conflict safely as well as to increase their sense of personal security.

Studies show that abuse, bullying, and assault cause major public health and social problems:  

  • 54% of today’s children and adolescents will experience some form of physical assault in their lifetime.
  • 25% will be the target of physical bullying
  • 25% will be the target of online bullying
  • About 90% of all abuse happens with a person a child knows
  • Nearly 11 times more children with developmental disabilities are bullied or abused compared to their peers.
  • Between 2013-2015, there were 160 documented school shootings in the US.
  • During the 2009-2010 school year, one in every thirty K-12 schools in the US took serious disciplinary action against at least one student for use or possession of a firearm on school property.

See more statistics and references

Proactive risk management can help to prevent lawsuits – and also prevent a lot of suffering. Kidpower tools for creating a community of safety in schools help to reduce both risks and suffering.

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Kidpower Addresses Increased Risk Factors for Children with Disabilities

Kidpower provides protective knowledge, skills, and actions for educators to help reduce the negative effects of students’:

  • Misunderstanding of what constitutes maltreatment
  • Limited communication skills
  • Dependence on others to meet their needs
  • Social isolation and loneliness

Learn more about Risk Factors

Learn more about Kidpower Skills as Protective Factors

“Everyone at our school deserves to feel safe!”

Meet and Exceed U.S. State Requirements on Prevention Education

Kidpower Curriculum Aligns Well with Education Standards

Kidpower curriculum meets federal common core and state education requirements for:

  • Comprehensive Health
  • Emotional, Mental, and Social Wellness
  • Prevention and Risk Management
  • Interpersonal Communication and Relationships

For examples of how Kidpower aligns with specific state standards, see:

“Kidpower’s curriculum prepares teachers to develop their students’ skills and help them stay emotionally and physically safe.”

Teacher Helping KidsKidpower Prepares Schools To Comply With Legislation Aimed at Preventing Abuse and Sexual Assault in Educational Institutions

Increasing numbers of countries and states are requiring that schools and colleges have policies, practices, and programs to prevent and stop bullying, child abuse, and sexual assault.

In the US, federal Title IX legislation requires that schools and colleges take immediate action to address any gender-based discrimination, harassment, or violence. In the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), there is a provision requiring that public schools provide child abuse prevention education. In addition, 27 US states have adopted “Erin’s Law” requiring that all public K-12 schools implement a prevention-oriented sexual abuse program that requires:

  • Students in grades preK – 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize and protect themselves from child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult
  • All school personnel about how to prevent and stop child sexual abuse
  • Parents & guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families

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  • Kidpower meets or exceeds all of these standards and is listed in ErinsLaw.org’s Recommended Researched-Based Prevention Programs

Kidpower tools prepare adults to recognize, intervene, and stop unsafe behavior and prepare students to develop healthy boundaries, resist emotional coercion and bribes, stop inappropriate or unsafe touch or behavior, and be persistent in getting help and are applicable both in person and online.

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Uphold School District Responsibilities

Districts’ responsibilities are to ensure…

1. Education and preparation of students for higher education & the work force.
2. Students’ physical, mental and psychological health

The challenge for School Districts

  • Districts often focus on meeting the mandated requirements rather than developing comprehensive long-term resources for keeping kids safe from bullying, abuse, and other violence.
  • Most districts provide prevention education through collaborations with a very fragmented group of resources from nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses.
  • Most districts don’t currently have the resources to implement district-wide standards and programs for prevention.
  • Quality in education prevention programs varies widely and is usually much more focused on discussion than on skills development.

Kidpower Can Provide SCHOOLS & DISTRICTS with Effective RESOURCES

Kidpower’s curriculum:

 Provides options for training school and agency professionals in how use the Kidpower curriculum and teaching methods.

 Covers introduction to Kidpower proven methods and instruction in prevention education, adapted to elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges

 Publishes a wide range of easy-to-use and effective educational materials for teachers, parents. and students, with comprehensive curriculum for preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

 Provides school-based workshops for students and parents in locations where we have instructors.

 Curriculum exceeds state standards in prevention education, character development, and other social-emotional skills both for typically-developing students and students with disabilities or learning differences.

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“Kidpower is not only a resource for schools but for our families working with parents, teachers and child development staff.”

“Since implementing Kidpower we have seen a decline in suspension and expulsion rates.”

“I want to express my strong endorsement of the Kidpower program and services and recommend that leaders of any school, public or private, consider this service for their staff, students, and parents. Our search for a positive, effective approach to helping young people learn to manage conflicts and disagreements between one another led us to Kidpower, and we have been thoroughly pleased with the service we’ve received as well as its lasting impact.”

-- Donna Laughlin, Principal

Provide an Evidence-based Curriculum to Staff, Students, & Parents

Kidpower Meets and Exceeds Best Practices in Prevention and Intervention Programs

Research Shows Kidpower’s Effectiveness:

Here are a few highlights from Studies that have been conducted on Kidpower‘s effectiveness.

  • Evaluations from hundreds of teachers stated that most students increased their personal safety skills and started using what they’d learned right away.
  • A formal survey with 3,120 parents reported that 8% agree the skills learned by their children are applicable in real life situations.
  • A quasi-experimental study of 3rd grade students found that there was a 31% increase in 7 competency areas in 3rd grade students’ skills that can prevent bullying, abuse, kidnapping, and other violence.
  • A quantitative study of K-12 students with special needs revealed a high level of student skill acquisition, particularly related to understanding safety rules, set boundaries, and knowledge of how to get help.

Read more about these and other studies on Kidpower’s Research Page.

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Kidpower Safety Curriculum is inclusive for different ages, abilities, cultures, and life situations. (Graphic)

Mental Health Professionals

Kidpower provides Mental Health Professionals with tools for creating emotional safety and addressing social issues:
“Kidpower’s presentation gave our students an opportunity to reflect on their interactions with people in their lives, to think about how they are treated and how they would like to be treated, and to make a plan for how to handle situations that make them uncomfortable. We believe that the ideas that they were presented with and the skills that they were taught will be useful to them for the rest of their lives.” -- Helga Cohen, MFT, Head of Counseling

How will Kidpower help to prevent and solve problems for our students, teachers, and families?

Kidpower teaches people of all ages and abilities how to change habits of using weak, rude, or other ineffective behavior into habits of using powerful and respectful behavior in their relationships with others, with themselves, and with the world around them.

We have seen again and again how people learn how to change their behavior more from what they DO than from what they have been told to do or wish they would do.

Kidpower’s Positive Practice™ Teaching Method provides rehearsal with in-the-moment coaching so that our students are successful in dealing with problems with people in very specific situations that are directly relevant to each person’s age, abilities, and life situation. Success creates a foundation for more success when learning to act effectively under pressure.

For example, many people, especially girls and women, have the habit of being “pleasers” and asking questions instead of setting boundaries. They will be less likely to have bad experiences and more likely to have better relationships if they develop the habit of sounding and looking like they mean what they are saying.

If someone has the habit of setting boundaries in an uncertain way, such as saying, ”Please stop, okay?” in a sweet questioning voice, we show how this is not very effective in getting someone to listen. Instead, we give students practice in saying “Please STOP!” using a strong voice and clear body language when telling a friend, acquaintance, authority figure, or family member to stop messing up their hair, pushing them, poking them, kissing them when they don’t want to be kissed, or pressuring them to do something unsafe.

Other people need to change the habit of sounding and acting angry or rude when they want to set boundaries, which is likely to make the problem worse rather than better.  They need to develop the habit of acting powerful and respectful even when they feel indignant, upset, annoyed, anxious, or afraid.

We give these students practice in staying firm, calm, and respectful while setting boundaries in situations that are personally relevant  – such as a friend leaving you out of a game, another kid saying something insulting, a parent yelling at you for not being ready to go, or a playground supervisor not being willing to help.

We also work on developing the habit of persistence instead of the habit of giving up. Because most people dislike being told what to do, they are likely to have a negative reaction at first when someone sets a boundary. For this reason, we give students practice in persisting in setting effective boundaries using different kinds of strategies even when the other person is very defensive, uses emotional coercion, or refuses to accept the boundary. Since adults are often distracted and busy, we provide practice in staying respectful and determined in persisting in asking for help with a safety problem, even if the adult doesn’t understand or listen at first.

Kidpower has countless stories where one successful practice even in a simulated role-play situation has made a huge difference in changing a habit of using negative or unsafe behavior in dealing with a problem into a habit of using effective, positive and safer behavior from then on. Even when behavior doesn’t change right away, having had this successful experience gives people a basis from which to work towards developing safety habits such as staying aware, calm, respectful, and confident with each other, themselves, and their world.

“Kidpower skills empower kids to be more confident, aware and safe.”

“Kidpower skills support a positive learning environment by teaching skills that can apply to every day life.”

“Kidpower provides a positive approach to help young people learn to manage conflict and disagreements.”

How Is Kidpower Emotionally Safe? Trauma-Informed?

Since 1989, Kidpower has been applying “trauma informed curriculum principles”, even before this term was in use.

When a person has experienced trauma, regardless of what kind, their power has been taken away. Providing our students with an emotionally safe, relevant, and successful Kidpower practice that uses their mind, their bodies, and their voice is at the heart of “Trauma Informed” principles.

Kidpower provides success-based learning to everyone, at all ages, from pre-school students, to elementary, middle and high school age students as well as college students, parents, and school staff. This includes people with disabilities, survivors of abuse and violence, and those with other difficult life challenges.

Kidpower Skills: Trauma Informed Curriculum

Principles of Trauma Informed School Based Curriculum:

1. Establishing and maintaining safety

  Kidpower trainings are emotionally and physically safe

2. Relational engagement

  Kidpower role plays and practicing the safety skills vs assembly style of watching and hearing personalize it – who could you tell if you have a safety problem?

3. Acquiring affective regulation skills

  Emotional safety pyramid, respond to conflict and triggers in a healthy, safe way

  Calm and centered when setting boundary – practice using different voices and modulated practices to get to the most effective communication technique

  Trash can and compliments practice

4. Participation in and enhancement of their own learning

  Kidpower had students practice skills and they see their peers practice skills

5. Assistance in making meaning of students’ experiences

  Adults practice skills with students and relate the role plays to their own lives

  Reference – Dr. James Henry, Western Michigan University

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Kidpower is success-based learning regardless of who the person is and what their history has been.

When a person has experienced trauma, their power has been taken away, so being successful in their mind, bodies and voice in the Kidpower practices is “Trauma Informed”

How does Kidpower teach about abuse, bullying, and assault prevention?

In working with countless young people for over 27 years, we have repeatedly found that just raising student’s awareness through discussions about avoiding danger results in greater anxiety without making anyone safer. Understanding exactly what to do to stay safe and being successful in practicing how to do it reduces worry and increases competence and confidence.

By increasing students’ competency in their awareness, avoidance, boundary-setting, and help-seeking skills, Kidpower prepares them to notice “People Safety” problems sooner rather than later, to avoid most trouble before it starts, and to report issues rather than keeping them secret.

Kidpower also prepares parents, caregivers, teachers, playground and lunchroom supervisors, and afterschool staff to notice potential trouble, intervene proactively, respond appropriately, and take effective action when a student comes to them for help.

When young people understand how to set and respect boundaries on touch, teasing, and play, they are developing skills for ensuring consent that helps to prevent and stop most harassment and sexual assault.

Even though these issues are serious, all our programs are taught in a fun, upbeat, and joyful way through Kidpower’s Positive Practice Teaching Method™.

See also: Does the Research Support Kidpower’s Effectiveness?

To learn more, visit our Bullying Solutions, Abuse Prevention, and Safety in Public pages.

For information about teaching Positive Consent with children, also see our article: Consent Skills for All Ages

For more information about teaching Positive Consent with teens and young adults, see our article: Yes Means Yes: How to Ensure Consent, Set Boundaries, and Protect Sexual Safety

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Kidpower Alignment With Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)

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.

Teachers

Kidpower provides tools to make life easier for educators and safer for their students:
“Kidpower’s presentation gave our students an opportunity to reflect on their interactions with people in their lives, to think about how they are treated and how they would like to be treated, and to make a plan for how to handle situations that make them uncomfortable. We believe that the ideas that they were presented with and the skills that they were taught will be useful to them for the rest of their lives.” -- Helga Cohen, MFT, Head of Counseling

Why is Kidpower important for my classroom?

Kidpower not only provides positive prevention skills to students; it also provides classroom management skills for teachers and helps to reduce behavior problems among students.

Many teachers report, after having taught “People Safety” skills to their students and using Kidpower’s Positive Practice Teaching Method™, that there was a noticeable improvement of daily interactions in their classroom and on the schoolyard. Teachers noticed that students had improved competence levels in social-emotional and relationship skills including: boundary-setting, help-seeking, and maintaining calmness and confidence.

See also: Does the Research Support Kidpower’s Effectiveness?

“Kidpower provides a positive approach to help young people learn to manage conflict and disagreements.”

How will Kidpower’s curriculum help my students?

Kidpower is not only fun, age-appropriate, and hands-on; it prepares kids to stay safe from bullying, abuse, kidnapping, and other violence.

Through the use of role-plays, social stories, and games, Kidpower provides appropriate prevention education curriculum for students of all ages and abilities, from Kindergarten to college level students, including students with special needs.

Kidpower curriculum, including our cartoon-illustrated Teaching Books, includes engaging social stories, clear explanations, and skills practice directions that make it easy to teach interpersonal safety lessons with a wide range of students.

What Teachers say about Kidpower:

“Kidpower has given my students skills to resolve conflicts and have fewer problems with each other.”

“My students find the Kidpower stories and activities to be engaging.”

“The Kidpower curriculum empowers students, staff, and parents by using a strength approach to create a culture.”

I have a lot on my plate. How will Kidpower make things easier?

By providing a common language about safety and positive communication, Kidpower’s curriculum helps daily interactions go more smoothly for students and teachers alike.

The skills taught provide young people with tools for self-management by practicing how to stay in charge of what they say and do no matter how they feel inside. They also learn emotional safety skills to address their own negative self-talk and to deal with unkind or mean language and behavior coming from others.

In addition, Kidpower fulfills educational requirements on prevention education, which includes providing students with abuse and bullying prevention skills, as well as character-building and other social-emotional development skills.

Finally, Kidpower supports literacy through the use of simple language reinforced by visual imagery including Kidpower’s Safety Signals and cartoon-illustrated Safety Comics and Teaching Books.

“Kidpower skills support a positive learning environment by teaching skills that can apply to every day life.”

What does Kidpower teach?

At Kidpower, we use the term “People Safety” to mean people being emotionally and physically safe with and around people. Here are Kidpower’s ….

10 Core People Safety Skills

To prepare children, teens, and adults, including those with special needs, to take charge of their safety and well-being.

1. Act with awareness, calm, and respectful confidence …so that people will listen to you better and bother you less.
2. Protect your feelings from hurtful words or behavior …instead of taking negative messages inside where they can make you miserable for a very long time.
3. Stay in charge of what you say and do by managing your emotional triggers …so that you are able to think clearly, make wise choices, and act respectfully towards yourself and others no matter how you feel inside.
4. Recognize what is and is not safe …so that you can assess a situation and avoid most trouble before it starts.
5. Move away from trouble and towards safety …so that you can stop problems quickly, before they grow.
6. Check First and Think First …before you make decisions about what you do, who is with you, and where you go.
7. Set powerful and respectful boundaries …so that you can speak up for what you do and do not want, listen to what other people do and do not want, and work out problems with others.
8. Follow the safety rules about touch, teasing, and play in healthy relationships …so that you can have fun and avoid unsafe behavior.
9. Persist until you get the help you need …so that you know how to find adults who have the power to help you, when and how to interrupt someone who is distracted or busy, and how to keep asking if someone doesn’t listen.
10. Be prepared to use your voice and body to stop an attack …so that you can escape from a violent situation and get to safety where someone can help you.

Read more about Kidpower’s 10 Core People Safety Skills

What about my students with special needs?

Kidpower supports the learning of people with all types of disabilities and learning differences through our easily adaptable and practical curriculum and skill-building teaching method – and provides tools so that educators, other professionals, and parents can use our program in daily activities.

Kidpower’s curriculum focuses on possibilities rather than limitations. We work with what students can do, rather than making assumptions about what they can’t do.

For example:

  • If our students can’t see:We describe verbally and move them physically through what they will be doing instead of showing them visually.
  • If our students have trouble talking: We teach in very small steps, using their available communication ways, giving each student in the moment coaching, simplifying if necessary.
  • If our students are using a wheelchair:We adapt our language and skills by saying things like “sit tall” instead of “stand tall” and practice skills sitting down.
  • If our students have difficulty understanding concepts:We keep our language very simple and consistent. We show rather than tell, and coach students so they are successful in rehearsing how to handle very concrete, familiar situations.

Also see: Kidpower Services for People With Special Needs

Read more about Kidpower’s Unlimited Adaptability Approach

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How can I teach my young child about safety without being scary?

Kidpower Safety Comics for younger children (ages 3-10) Book Cover Image

Your first job is to stay calm – because fear does not make kids safer – it just makes them anxious.

Next, be realistic and patient. Children develop understanding and skills at their own unique pace – not ours. They need our protection and supervision until they have the knowledge, safety habits, and life experience to make safe and wise choices consistently in real-world situations.

Whether the skill is about washing your hands, crossing the street, staying in charge of your body even when you feel upset, or checking first before changing your plan, children need reminders until knowledge and skills become habits – and they have developed the emotional and mental capacity to generalize and apply these habits all the time.

Earliest Teachable Moment - Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and PreschoolersRemember that young children are very literal so they need specific examples that are directly relevant to their lives.

Finally, be sure you are setting a good example. Children learn more from what they see your doing than from anything you can tell them.

Instead of using fear to teach children about bullying, violence, and abuse, Kidpower makes it fun to learn to stay safe with people.

We focus on exactly what a child needs to in a way that is interesting and useful without discussing the harm that might happen if they don’t. Our Kidpower Safety Comics and parent-child workshops make it easy to learn and practice safety skills with people.

Read our articles:  Our Children Do Not Need Our Fear and Kidpower Answers for Parents With Young Children

Learn more about Kidpower Resources for Young Children

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How can I prepare my older child or teen to stay safe while developing independence?

Growing youths strive for independence. And their adults struggle with how to grant it to them while protecting them from harm.

Developing habits and skills for being safe out in the world is not a one-time lesson or discussion but an ongoing conversation and process. Instead of taking an “all-or-nothing” approach to letting older children and teens do more activities on their own in public or online without constant adult protection, Kidpower recommends the following Five Step Plan for Independence.

Step 1. Make realistic assessments about your child in each situation.

Step 2. As a family, learn and practice “People Safety” skills, which are skills to help people be emotionally and physically safe with people everywhere they go. Practice these skills together.

Step 3. Co-pilot with your child to field-test the use of these skills in the real world.

Step 4. Conduct trial runs to rehearse independence in controlled doses with adult backup.

Step 5: Keep communication open with listening, ongoing checking in, and review.

We also provide guidelines for parents and guardians about Safety On the Way to School or Other Activities.

To promote safety online, families and schools can use our Kidpower Digital Citizenship & Safety Agreement Template.

Kidpower shows caring adults how to overcome obstacles in creating positive social climates for their youths. We also help older children and teens develop skills to foster positive relationships themselves. These skills allow young people, as they mature, to navigate choices towards healthier interactions, and initiate their own relationships safely, whether online or in the real world.

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“Kidpower is making it possible for me to let my kids grow up!”

How can Kidpower help support my young adult’s safety when living away from home?

The transition when young people first leave for college or jobs away from home can be bittersweet for parents and guardians, exciting and joyful for their kids, and a little terrifying for everyone! This is a time of new adventures – and of increased vulnerability.

Kidpower helps parents support their older teens and young adults in increasing their knowledge, skills, and life-experience so that they have the best tools possible to be successful, happy most of the time, and safe from harm when away from home for the first time – and to develop the foundation for a strong positive relationship with each other as independent adults.

See our article: CollegePower for Parents: Promoting Your College Student’s Independence, Safety, and Wisdom

See also: CollegePower for Students: Take Charge of Your Own Safety

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How can Kidpower prepare me as a parent to protect my kids?

Kidpower supports parents and other caring adults to take leadership in addressing the issues that can affect the safety and well-being of their children and teens – and shows them how to teach interpersonal safety skills to young people in ways that are effective, fun, and empowering.

Kidpower’s social-emotional tools help to increase confidence, reduce stress, strengthen relationships, and prevent most bullying, harassment, child abuse, abduction, and other violence.

Learn more about resources and services that Kidpower provides for parents

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Why is Kidpower important to our school community?

When schools and families share a common language about safety, children, youth, and teens have consistent guidance in developing the understanding, skills, and habits they need to avoid problems and take charge of their well being.

Kidpower provides parents, educators, playground and lunch room supervisors, and administrators tools for preventing and stopping unsafe or disrespectful behavior, recognizing and resolving problems sooner rather than later, and teaching kids what they need to know about being safe with people.

We provide school communities with access to a wealth of trainings, books, consulting, and online resources that allows them to foster a positive school culture of caring, respect and safety for everyone.

Take a look at Kidpower’s Workshops, Trainings, and Educational Resources for schools and school communities.

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What do Kidpower’s Child Protection Workshops offer for parents, guardians, and other caring adults?

In our Kidpower Child Protection Workshop for Adults, we prepare parents, guardians and other caring adults to take leadership in addressing the issues that can affect the safety and well-being of their children and teens – and show them how to teach ‘People Safety’ skills to young people in ways that are effective, fun, and empowering.

Kidpower provides positive and practical answers to the questions parents ask, such as “How can we teach our younger children to be safe without scaring them? How can we prepare our older children to balance their need for increasing independence with their safety? How can we keep our kids safe online? How can we help create positive social climates in our families, schools, and youth organizations, so that negative behaviors such as bullying have less room to grow?”

We use Kidpower’s Positive Practice Teaching Method so that adults are successful in rehearsing how to use safety skills in situations that are relevant to their concerns as well as learning how to use this method to practice safety skills with their kids.

Because these are adults-only programs, participants have time and space to ask questions and discuss their concerns in a frank way without creating anxiety for their children.

Specific topics addressed include:

  • What adults need to know about keeping their kids safe from bullying, violence, and abuse
  • How to use Kidpower’s Underlying Principle to make choices that Put Safety First — ahead of embarrassment, inconvenience, or offense
  • The Kidpower Child Protection Promise to make sure that kids know we care
  • How to create positive social climates for the young people in your life
  • How to establish a common language about safety within your family
  • How to advocate for your child’s emotional and physical safety
  • How to intervene powerfully and respectfully when you see unsafe or disrespectful behavior
  • How to make a safety plan for everywhere children go
  • How to teach your child rules and skills to keep them safe without creating fear
  • How to coach children so they are successful in learning and practicing safety skills
  • How to motivate children to use these skills in daily life until they become established habits

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What about my child with special needs?

Kidpower’s workshops and teaching materials are tailored to work with the strengths of every single child. Adaptations are made for how different people’s bodies and minds work, focusing on what they can do, rather than what they can not.

“Kidpower is helping our special needs students make good decisions about staying safe. My department chair told me that this is one of the most powerful programs for self-advocacy that he has seen in a long time. He is very impressed. Kidpower’s information and empowerment skills are extremely valuable, especially for the very vulnerable kids we serve.”

To learn more, see:

Kidpower Services for People With Special Needs

Kidpower’s Unlimited Adaptability Approach

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Kidpower Service Options for Schools & Agencies

For School or Agency Professionals

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

What kind of service meets your needs?

These are some of our most popular services & resources for schools.

We can help you tailor our resources to meet your school community’s or agency’s needs.

Contact us about options and to make a plan that meets them.

Email us at safety@kidpower.org or call (800) 467-6997 in the US. 
For calls from outside the US, you can call +1 (831) 423-3737 or 426-4407.

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.

“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.”

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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Community Membership

Free Personal Use of Online Resources
Free/year
  • storeMember access to Kidpower’s Online Resource Library of articles, handouts, posters, audio lessons, videos and more (a value of more than 199 USD/year)!
  • Permission to download and print one (1) hard copy of PDFs of our articles and handouts for your personal use, per our Permission to Use Requirements.
  • Download a PDF of Kidpower’s International Safety Signals cartoons and quick lessons for personal use – a set of gestures used to teach and help people remember key safety skills. (Developed for people with special needs and also useful for young kids, group outings, etc.)
  • Join the conversation on our “Put Safety First” Blog and access to our entire archive of posts
  • Listen to recordings and review summary notes from our past public Turning Problems into Practices Conference Calls.
  • Get first notice of new safety tips, resources, training opportunities, and upcoming events via Kidpower’s eNewsletter.
Register Free Now!

Executive Membership

Custom Personal Coaching PLUS Professional Use & Training
499/year (USD)
  • Individual professional coaching plus our community and professional membership opportunities for ongoing professional development and use of Kidpower skills and strategies to take charge of your safety and the safety of others. A value of more than 1799 USD!
  • One Personal Coaching Session on how to apply Kidpower personal safety and empowerment skills to individual situations with your family, school or organization with Kidpower’s Executive Director and Founder, Irene van der Zande – which includes preparation and pre-session needs assessment via email, a 1-hour phone or skype session, and email follow-up/next steps (a value of 599 USD).
  • 10% discount for you and your family members’ personal participation in a California public workshop, within the membership year.
  • Enjoy all of our Professional Level Membership benefits, discounts, and access to Kidpower resources and training opportunities (a value of up to 1099 USD).
Subscribe Now for just $499!

Curriculum Books
for School/Agency Professionals

You can click the links below to go straight to a more detailed description with purchase options.  We can provide discounts for large orders.

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.

15 Group Lessons Book Front Cover

15 Group 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.

10 People Safety Assignments Book Front Cover

10 People Safety 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.

Kidpower Safety Comics Front Cover

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.

Kidpower Book Front Cover

The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults

This inspiring, comprehensive guide puts Kidpower’s 26+ years of experience at the fingertips of parents, educators, and all adults who care about protecting children and teens.

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 children.

For even more educational publications from Kidpower, see our complete RelationSafe™ Books Listings – including publications in 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.”

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.

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 2016 Summer Institute in California this past August had participants from around the world! Dates for Summer 2017 will be announced in January. If that’s too far away, contact Kidpower to inquire about organizing a child safety leadership training for your 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 will be January 26-31, 2017 – and our next Fullpower/Teenpower Core Program Training for Teens and Adults will be April 27-May 2, 2017. 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.

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 email safety@kidpower.org! We look forward to exploring what arrangement could work for your group and for Kidpower.

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