child protection & empowerment skills

child protection & empowerment skills

Kidpower teaches skills to keep kids safe from interpersonal harm through services and resources for:

    • parents and caregivers, to equip them with skills to protect and empower young people in their lives
    • children together with their adults, so kids learn and practice social-emotional safety skills together with parents, teachers, coaches, or other caring adults who can continue to reinforce the skills and help kids adapt and apply them over time
    • educators, coaches, counselors, and other youth and health service professionals, to equip them with tools to integrate effective child protection, bullying prevention, and abuse prevention strategies into their standard practices in schools, camps, teams, agencies, clubs, and clinics

Workshops

All workshops are online until in-person services can resume safely. Then, online and in-person options will both be available!

99% of Kidpower workshops are organized by schools, youth service agencies, and groups of families. We also offer Community Workshops listed on our Learn Online page.

Every Kidpower workshop is adapted to the ages, abilities, and life situations of the students and tailored to address the group’s priorities. Contact us to talk about options for your group!

Kidpower workshops are focused on skills to protect and empower children, starting from birth. Services include:

Parentpower Programs, for adults only

Parentpower Programs for parents and other caregivers, arranged by schools, agencies, or other groups – or offered as one of Kidpower’s Community Workshops open to the public and listed on our Learn Online page.

Familypower Programs, for kids 3+ along with parents/caregivers

Familypower Workshops serve young people together with their parents and guardians so that families can develop a common language and set of experiences for talking about and practicing safety in ways designed to reduce fear and build confidence. Check the Community Workshops listed on our Learn Online page to see if one of our upcoming classes is a good fit for your family – or contact us to talk about organizing a class!

Kidpower Class Workshops, for kids 3+ along with teachers/staff

Kidpower preK-12 School and Group Programs serve groups of young people together with the group’s regular leaders – such as their teachers, coaches, troop leaders, and camp counselors. Read more about Kidpower for Schools!

Kidpower Child Protection Programs - adults only

Kidpower Child Protection Programs prepare adults how to teach Kidpower skills using Kidpower methodology to others in their families, communities, schools, and workplaces. Read more about how to Train with Kidpower – or about how to sign up for our self-paced Kidpower Child Protection Online Institute!

Kidpower Professional Development - adults only

Kidpower Professional Development workshops organized by schools and other youth service agencies committed to protecting youth in their care from bullying, abuse, abduction – and preparing them to take charge of their own safety and well-being in age-appropriate, ability appropriate ways.

Familypower is for youth with their adults

Kidpower teaches skills to keep kids safe from interpersonal harm through services and resources for:

    • parents and caregivers, to equip them with skills to protect and empower young people in their lives
    • children together with their adults, so kids learn and practice social-emotional safety skills together with parents, teachers, coaches, or other caring adults who can continue to reinforce the skills and help kids adapt and apply them over time
    • educators, coaches, counselors, and other youth and health service professionals, to equip them with tools to integrate effective child protection, bullying prevention, and abuse prevention strategies into their standard practices in schools, camps, teams, agencies, clubs, and clinics

Workshops

All workshops are online until in-person services can resume safely. Then, online and in-person options will both be available!

99% of Kidpower workshops are organized by schools, youth service agencies, and groups of families. We also offer Community Workshops listed on our Learn Online page.

Every Kidpower workshop is adapted to the ages, abilities, and life situations of the students and tailored to address the group’s priorities. Contact us to talk about options for your group!

Kidpower workshops are focused on skills to protect and empower children, starting from birth. Services include:

Parentpower Programs, for adults only

Parentpower Programs for parents and other caregivers, arranged by schools, agencies, or other groups – or offered as one of Kidpower’s Community Workshops open to the public and listed on our Learn Online page.

Familypower Programs, for kids 3+ along with parents/caregivers

Familypower Workshops serve young people together with their parents and guardians so that families can develop a common language and set of experiences for talking about and practicing safety in ways designed to reduce fear and build confidence. Check the Community Workshops listed on our Learn Online page to see if one of our upcoming classes is a good fit for your family – or contact us to talk about organizing a class!

Kidpower Class Workshops, for kids 3+ along with teachers/staff

Kidpower preK-12 School and Group Programs serve groups of young people together with the group’s regular leaders – such as their teachers, coaches, troop leaders, and camp counselors. Read more about Kidpower for Schools!

Kidpower Child Protection Programs - adults only

Kidpower Child Protection Programs prepare adults how to teach Kidpower skills using Kidpower methodology to others in their families, communities, schools, and workplaces. Read more about how to Train with Kidpower – or about how to sign up for our self-paced Kidpower Child Protection Online Institute!

Kidpower Professional Development - adults only

Kidpower Professional Development workshops organized by schools and other youth service agencies committed to protecting youth in their care from bullying, abuse, abduction – and preparing them to take charge of their own safety and well-being in age-appropriate, ability appropriate ways.

Familypower is for youth with their adults

Issues

Kidpower social-emotional safety skills help protect youth from many types of safety concerns.

Child abuse prevention

To help children be safe from child abuse, including sexual abuse, Kidpower teaches parents, teachers, and other caring adults:

  • child protection strategies to protect children from abuse
  • age-appropriate safety skills adults can teach to children without scaring them
  • coaching strategies to practice the skills with kids in ways that can reduce fear and build confidence

To protect children in your personal or professional life from abuse and other harm, see our:

Our abuse prevention trainings and resources include extensive boundary setting practice because boundaries are a powerful prevention tool – and, they are also powerful skills for strong, healthy relationships! See Kidpower Skills to Persist in Protecting Personal Boundaries Through the 5 Levels of Intrusion™

To explore workshop options, visit our Learn Online page or contact us!

Kidpower is an Erin’s Law Law child abuse prevention recommended resource.

Bullying prevention

To prevent and stop bullying, we teach:

  • teachers, administrators, and other youth-serving staff, because even at the high school level, staff – not students – are the ones responsible for ensuring that everyone in a school or agency is safe from bullying and harassment.
  • parents and caregivers, so they can protect and empower their own kids; advocate for kids being bullied at school, online, or anywhere else; and ensure that people in their own homes are safe from bullying.
  • youth ages 3-18 together with their adults, so they can learn age-appropritate skills together with adults – such as parents and teachers – who can help them continue to practice and adapt the skills over time.

Depending on their ages and their roles, participants learn:

  • Social-emotional safety skills to be safe from bullying and cyberbullying, adapted for students’ ages and life situations
  • Safety leadership strategies for staff, administrators, agency leaders, parents, and other caring adults to teach safety skills to young people; to ensure that their own actions consistently reflect their commitment to bullying and harassment prevention; and to ensure that everyone in their homes, schools, and workplaces is safe from bullying and harassment
  • Positive intervention and coaching skills that parents, teachers, coaches, and other youth service providers can use to guide those using bullying behaviors to replace them with pro-social behaviors
  • We provide tailored support for dealing with specific types of bullying such as social aggression, cyberbullying, adult-to-adult bullying, and prejudice-based bullying and harm. Use our bullying prevention resources – and learn more about our preK-12 SEL school programs and curriculum.
  • Learn Online with our workshops and resources, check out our services for schools – or contact us about your needs!
Kidnapping prevention

To protect young people from kidnapping and abduction, we teach:

  • Child protection strategies for adults
  • Stranger safety strategies for young people

Through our proven approach designed to reduce fear while building skill and confidence, participants learn how to:

  • act aware, calm, and confident
  • make family safety plans for being safe in public
  • use voice as a safety tool, such as to yell for help or to set boundaries
  • recognize possible trouble early – and move away from trouble toward safety
  • get help in public if kids get separated or are being bothered when their adults are not there to help
  • follow safety rules about talking with strangers, taking things from strangers, or going with strangers
  • follow safety plans for getting help in emergencies if they cannot get help from their own adults
  • use emergency-only physical self-defense to use as a last resort for escaping an attack and getting to safety. (Note: our in-person full-force self-defense skills workshops are paused during the pandemic. Online workshops can include coaching in physical self-defense skills)

We have more than three decades of experience adapting physical self-defense skills for people ages six and up of all abilities – including people with low vision; people who are deaf/hard of hearing; people who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and other mobility tools; and neurodiverse people representing a broad range of cognitive abilities. To learn more, see: Stranger Safety – Assault and Kidnapping Prevention Kidpower Child Protection and Advocacy Resources Self-Paced Kidpower Child Protection Online Institute Related resources include: One Strong Move: Cartoon-Illustrated Self-Defense Lessons How to Pick a Good Self-Defense Program To bring Kidpower Stranger Safety skills and programs to your school, see our preK-12 SEL school programs and curriculum.

Online safety

Technology changes, but Kidpower’s core principles for safety with people are timeless, preparing people for safety online now and throughout their online lives. We teach:

  • Awareness to prevent problems before they start
  • Assessment to avoid, de-escalate, or end unsafe situations
  • Moving away from trouble emotionally and digitally
  • Boundary setting to stop unwanted attention
  • Disengaging to leave activities skillfully
  • Assertive advocacy to get help with safety problems
  • Safety planning for individuals and for groups of peers online together.
  • Emotional safety to stay safe, calm, and effective in the face of threats, harassment, intimidation, peer pressure, bullying, or other emotional attacks.

To be safe online, youth need caring adults involved in their online lives. Without adult guidance, youth online are more vulnerable to abuse, coercion, bullying, manipulation, and other harm. This is true even for digital natives more skilled with technology than their adults. See:

To explore workshop options, visit our Learn Online page or contact us!

Adapting for all abilities 

Kidpower makes safety accessible for people of all abilities.

We have more than three decades of experience adapting safety education to protect and empower people with disabilities – who face a high risk of bullying, assault, harassment, and other harm at all ages.

The success of our Unlimited Adaptability approach to safety education grows from our our focus on possibilities rather than limitations and the proven Kidpower Positive Practice Teaching Method use in our services for all ages.

Additional relevant resources include:

Read more about our services for people with special needs!

About our core skills

Our core social-emotional safety skills help people of all ages and abilities take charge of safety and well-being – online and in person. Skills include how to:

  • Act aware, calm, and confident
  • Protect yourself emotionally from hurtful words or behavior
  • Manage emotional triggers to stay in charge of what you say and do
  • Recognize what is and is not safe
  • Move away from trouble physically, emotionally, and digitally
  • Assess – and think first or check first before acting
  • Set powerful and respectful boundaries
  • Apply safety principles about touch and attention in healthy relationships
  • Advocate assertively and persistently for help with safety problems
  • Use your voice and body to stop an attack and get to safety

We teach age-appropriate, ability-appropriate adaptations of these skills using examples and activities relevant to students’ ages and life situations. Our trainings for parents and professionals teach adults how to teach these skills to others in their personal and professional lives. Learn Online with our workshops and resources – or contact us about your needs!

Child abuse prevention

To help children be safe from child abuse, including sexual abuse, Kidpower teaches parents, teachers, and other caring adults:

  • child protection strategies to protect children from abuse
  • age-appropriate safety skills adults can teach to children without scaring them
  • coaching strategies to practice the skills with kids in ways that can reduce fear and build confidence

To protect children in your personal or professional life from abuse and other harm, see our:

Our abuse prevention trainings and resources include extensive boundary setting practice because boundaries are a powerful prevention tool – and, they are also powerful skills for strong, healthy relationships! See Kidpower Skills to Persist in Protecting Personal Boundaries Through the 5 Levels of Intrusion™

To explore workshop options, visit our Learn Online page or contact us!

Kidpower is an Erin’s Law Law child abuse prevention recommended resource.

Bullying prevention

To prevent and stop bullying, we teach:

  • teachers, administrators, and other youth-serving staff, because even at the high school level, staff – not students – are the ones responsible for ensuring that everyone in a school or agency is safe from bullying and harassment.
  • parents and caregivers, so they can protect and empower their own kids; advocate for kids being bullied at school, online, or anywhere else; and ensure that people in their own homes are safe from bullying.
  • youth ages 3-18 together with their adults, so they can learn age-appropritate skills together with adults – such as parents and teachers – who can help them continue to practice and adapt the skills over time.

Depending on their ages and their roles, participants learn:

  • Social-emotional safety skills to be safe from bullying and cyberbullying, adapted for students’ ages and life situations
  • Safety leadership strategies for staff, administrators, agency leaders, parents, and other caring adults to teach safety skills to young people; to ensure that their own actions consistently reflect their commitment to bullying and harassment prevention; and to ensure that everyone in their homes, schools, and workplaces is safe from bullying and harassment
  • Positive intervention and coaching skills that parents, teachers, coaches, and other youth service providers can use to guide those using bullying behaviors to replace them with pro-social behaviors
  • We provide tailored support for dealing with specific types of bullying such as social aggression, cyberbullying, adult-to-adult bullying, and prejudice-based bullying and harm. Use our bullying prevention resources – and learn more about our preK-12 SEL school programs and curriculum.
  • Learn Online with our workshops and resources, check out our services for schools – or contact us about your needs!

Kidnapping prevention

To protect young people from kidnapping and abduction, we teach:

  • Child protection strategies for adults
  • Stranger safety strategies for young people

Through our proven approach designed to reduce fear while building skill and confidence, participants learn how to:

  • act aware, calm, and confident
  • make family safety plans for being safe in public
  • use voice as a safety tool, such as to yell for help or to set boundaries
  • recognize possible trouble early – and move away from trouble toward safety
  • get help in public if kids get separated or are being bothered when their adults are not there to help
  • follow safety rules about talking with strangers, taking things from strangers, or going with strangers
  • follow safety plans for getting help in emergencies if they cannot get help from their own adults
  • use emergency-only physical self-defense to use as a last resort for escaping an attack and getting to safety. (Note: our in-person full-force self-defense skills workshops are paused during the pandemic. Online workshops can include coaching in physical self-defense skills)

We have more than three decades of experience adapting physical self-defense skills for people ages six and up of all abilities – including people with low vision; people who are deaf/hard of hearing; people who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and other mobility tools; and neurodiverse people representing a broad range of cognitive abilities.

To learn more, see:
Stranger Safety – Assault and Kidnapping Prevention
Kidpower Child Protection and Advocacy Resources
Self-Paced Kidpower Child Protection Online Institute

Related resources include:
One Strong Move: Cartoon-Illustrated Self-Defense Lessons
How to Pick a Good Self-Defense Program

To bring Kidpower Stranger Safety skills and programs to your school, see our preK-12 SEL school programs and curriculum.

Online safety


Technology changes, but Kidpower’s core principles for safety with people are timeless, preparing people for safety online now and throughout their online lives. We teach:

  • Awareness to prevent problems before they start
  • Assessment to avoid, de-escalate, or end unsafe situations
  • Moving away from trouble emotionally and digitally
  • Boundary setting to stop unwanted attention
  • Disengaging to leave activities skillfully
  • Assertive advocacy to get help with safety problems
  • Safety planning for individuals and for groups of peers online together.
  • Emotional safety to stay safe, calm, and effective in the face of threats, harassment, intimidation, peer pressure, bullying, or other emotional attacks.

To be safe online, youth need caring adults involved in their online lives.
Without adult guidance, youth online are more vulnerable to abuse, coercion, bullying, manipulation, and other harm. This is true even for digital natives more skilled with technology than their adults. See:

To explore workshop options, visit our Learn Online page or contact us!

Adapting for All Abilities

Kidpower makes safety accessible for people of all abilities.

We have more than three decades of experience adapting safety education to protect and empower people with disabilities – who face a high risk of bullying, assault, harassment, and other harm at all ages.

The success of our Unlimited Adaptability approach to safety education grows from our our focus on possibilities rather than limitations and the proven Kidpower Positive Practice Teaching Method use in our services for all ages.

Additional relevant resources include:

Read more about our services for people with special needs!

About our core skills

Our core social-emotional safety skills help people of all ages and abilities take charge of safety and well-being – online and in person. Skills include how to:

  • Act aware, calm, and confident
  • Protect yourself emotionally from hurtful words or behavior
  • Manage emotional triggers to stay in charge of what you say and do
  • Recognize what is and is not safe
  • Move away from trouble physically, emotionally, and digitally
  • Assess – and think first or check first before acting
  • Set powerful and respectful boundaries
  • Apply safety principles about touch and attention in healthy relationships
  • Advocate assertively and persistently for help with safety problems
  • Use your voice and body to stop an attack and get to safety

We teach age-appropriate, ability-appropriate adaptations of these skills using examples and activities relevant to students’ ages and life situations.

Our trainings for parents and professionals teach adults how to teach these skills to others in their personal and professional lives.

Learn Online with our workshops and resources – or contact us about your needs!

Books

Kidpower Safety Comics Front Cover

Kidpower Children’s Safety Comics Color Edition

Now in color! This book answers the question, “How do I teach my kids to be safe with people without scaring them?” Have fun sharing the social stories together with your kids, and they’ll be learning powerful skills. Young children will ask you to read it again and again!
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Kidpower Safety Comics Front Cover

Kidpower Youth Safety Comics

This book helps parents and teachers answer the question, “How can my older kids stay safe while becoming more independent?” A fun, practical tool for discussing and practicing ways to stay safe from bullying, abuse, and violence – and how to avoid difficult or dangerous problems with people you know and people you don’t.
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Kidpower Book Front Cover

Kidpower Children's Social Stories Book 1

This is the first of a set of two books – but you can use them in any order to teach young children safety skills in ways that are fun and effective, not scary, using these explanations and social stories. Book 1 focuses on how to be and act aware, be safe with touch, set boundaries, be safe with words, move away from trouble, and check first with adults before doing something new.
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Kidpower Book Front Cover

Kidpower Children's Social Stories Book 2

This is the second of a set of two books – but you can use them in any order to teach young children safety skills in ways that are fun and effective, not scary, using these explanations and social stories. Book 2 focuses on how to get help, stay safe with private areas, stay safe with strangers and in public, be powerful with your voice and body, and stop bullying by taking charge of safety.
Learn More | Buy on Amazon
Your Amazon purchases help Kidpower!

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