Kidpower Stranger Safety and Self Defense Skills

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When our kids got lost, they followed our Kidpower Safety Plan and went to the cashier to get help.

Now I know that if someone tries to bother me on my way to school, I will know what to do to stay safe!

Are your kids ready to go out in public on their own?
Safety on the Way to School Checklist for Parents

It does not make kids safer to be scared of people they don’t know.
How ‘Stranger Danger’ Hurts Kids!

Prepare Kids – and Yourself – to Escape an Attack
How to Choose A Good Self-Defense Program

Are you worried about your kids’s safety on the Internet?
Kidpower Strategies for Safety Online – and Everywhere Else

Kidpower Stranger Safety Message

Tell your kids: Most people are good. This means most strangers are good. If you don’t know someone well, Check First with your adults. If you are on your own, Think First.”

Talk with kids about safety and respect.

Featured Videos

Stop! Leave! Help! Teaching kids how to stop a potential abduction ABC7’s Better Bay Area News Team shows viewers how to teach kids how to stop a possible abduction, featuring Kidpower’s executive director and founder, Irene van der Zande.

What if my child gets lost?
Suddenly you look down and your child is NOT THERE. Usually children get found within minutes, but one of the best ways to avoid that heart-in-your-throat, panicky feeling is to make and practice Safety Plans for every place your kids go.

7 Strategies for Keeping Your Kids Safe – video series Dr. Harold Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Education, interviewing Kidpower founder and executive director, Irene van der Zande, to describe each of Kidpower’s 7 strategies for keeping children safe and how to apply these concepts to your daily life.

Kidpower Publications to Teach People Safety SkillsThe Kidpower Book - A comprehensive guide to personal safety, self-protection, confidence and advocacy skills for young people.

One Strong Move Book cover imageThe Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People provides extensive information on how to protect children from
abduction and teach them to be safe both with strangers and people they know.

Kidpower’s Self-Defense Lessons Book, One Strong Move, offers cartoon-illustrated, step-by-step lessons for adults to use in teaching kids how to use effective physical skills and wise strategies for stopping an assault and getting to safety.

Kidpower and Fullpower Safety ComicsKidpower Safety Comics - Cartoon illustrated stories to teach personal safety skills and how to make and practice safety plans for new situations. give cartoon-illustrated tools for teaching and practicing “People Safety” skills that can stop most kidnapping and assault situations through setting boundaries and getting help.

Books 1, 3, and 4 of the Kidpower Teaching Book series specifically provide social stories and skill practices for keeping kids safe out in public with people they know – and people they don’t.


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.


Stranger Safety and Self Defense Resources from the Kidpower Online Library


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Kidpower Workshops and Child Protection Skills Training & Consulting

cpai-aug-2015-ireneKidpower offers a wide range of online and – once it is safe to resume – in-person programs for parents, professionals, children, teens, adults, and people with difficult life challenges based on the specific needs of their families, schools, or organizations. Learn more about Online Programs you can take or organize for your group

In addition to working with adults interested in Training with Kidpower, we provide long-distance seminars, consulting, and personal coaching sessions that can be conducted via video-conferencing, email, or phone. Services also include keynote speakers for conferences, tailored sessions for board and staff retreats, and – once in-person service is safe to resume – traveling instructors. 

Our special 3-day Kidpower Skills for Child Protection Advocates Institute provides an in-depth training for any adult in how to use our intervention, advocacy, and personal safety skills to protect and empower children and teens.  Executive Membership includes a Skype coaching meeting on how to use Kidpower resources to meet your specific needs.



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