The Gift of Safety: Kidpower Books Make It Easy and Fun To Help Kids Learn To Be Safe

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Kidpower, an internationally acclaimed safety education nonprofit, has re-released its introductory program guidebook: How to Teach Self-Protection and Confidence Skills to Young People — a perfect gift for parents and teachers looking for fun, innovative and effective ways to combat bullying, child abuse, kidnapping and other violence for their family members, and in their schools and communities.

Kidpower's How To Teach Self-Protection and Confidence Skills to Young People makes it easy and fun to teach kids about safety. Available now on Amazon.com!

The Kidpower program stands out among child abuse prevention programs due to a variety of factors, including content integrity, developmental and situational appropriateness, focus on skills and action, efficiency, and practicality.

Kidpower, an internationally acclaimed safety education nonprofit, has released a fully updated introductory program guidebook: How to Teach Self-Protection and Confidence Skills to Young People — a perfect gift for parents and teachers looking for fun, innovative and effective ways to combat bullying, child abuse, kidnapping and other violence for their family members, and in their schools and communities.

The Kidpower program gets strong endorsements from parents, teachers and youth organization leaders: “Child safety is our number one priority and no one does a better job of child safety training and empowerment than Kidpower,” writes Danielle Summerville, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado - Pikes Peak, whose full endorsement is included on the back cover of the new edition of the guidebook.

How to Teach Self-Protection and Confidence Skills to Young People can be purchased on Amazon. For 10 or more copies, go to Kidpower’s online bookstore for high-volume discounts and ordering information.

Formerly out of print, “our new edition of this guide returns by popular demand, covering the high points of the Kidpower method for teaching personal safety skills in an easy-to-read, highly accessible format,” says author Irene van der Zande, founder and executive director of Kidpower.

Parents and professionals have been using the book since its origins in 1991, shortly after Kidpower was founded, when the program was featured nationally on ABC's Home Show. “I invited viewers to send self-addressed stamped envelopes to get more information,” says van der Zande. “We were flooded with hundreds of requests along with heart-rending personal stories, such as ‘Our beloved neighbor was just accused of molesting girls in his church,’ or ‘We moved to this small town to be safe and a man grabbed a girl and took her into his car at the one stoplight in our town,’ and also, ‘My child is miserable in school because of kids who bully her.’”

“I sat down with a friend and dictated our first 10-page booklet, which she typed out on her old typewriter, and that was what we sent out to everyone who wrote. Over the years, the booklet grew into an Introductory Kidpower Guide, which sold 25,000 copies. We let it go out of print in anticipation of the publication of our comprehensive, 400-page Kidpower Book for Caring Adults,” which was published in April 2012.

The now 100-page updated program guide provides an introduction to the positive and practical Kidpower Method™ for teaching child safety, including stories, explanations, illustrations, and coaching instructions for teaching skills. Chapters include:

  • How to Start - What Adults Need to Keep in Mind about Safety Education
  • Safety Strategies for Being Out on Your Own
  • How to Set Boundaries
  • Dealing with Suspected Child Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Working with Different Age Groups
  • Being Advocates for Children
  • How to Empower Kids in the Face of Armed School Violence
  • Sample School Violence and Harassment Policy

Educators using the Kidpower introductory guide, such as Russ Vogel, principal at Manitou Springs Elementary School, offer concrete examples of the program’s impact: “What is Kidpower’s effect in my school? Empowered children. Empowered to stand against bullies because they have been given the vocabulary to do so. Empowered to stand against predatory adults because they have the awareness to do so -- as did the young boy last year who shouted, “No!” and fled back to our school from an adult closing in on him. Empowered to stand together as they move on into middle school, with the fully developed expectation that people respect and protect themselves and each other. Kidpower has been a major partner here in preparing our children internally, systemically, agains the risk factors in an increasingly risky world,” writes Vogel for a back-cover endorsement of this latest edition.

Also from the back cover of the new edition: “The Kidpower program stands out among child abuse prevention programs due to a variety of factors, including content integrity, developmental and situational appropriateness, focus on skills and action, efficiency, and practicality,” in an endorsement from James Crawford, MD, and Susan Murray, LCSW, Center for Child Protection, Oakland Children’s Hospital.

About Irene van der Zande and Kidpower
Irene van der Zande has been featured as a personal safety expert by USA Today, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal and is also the author of the Relationship Safety Skills: Domestic, Dating and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Handbook, the Kidpower Book for Caring Adults, the comprehensive guide for understanding personal safety, self-protection, confidence, and advocacy for young people, and the Kidpower Safety Comic Series, which many families and schools use in their child abuse and violence prevention training programs. She is also the founder and executive director of Kidpower, a global non-profit leader in personal safety and confidence-building skills education, whose programs are highly recommended by experts worldwide for taking a positive, skills-based approach to preventing abuse, kidnapping, bullying and other violence. Kidpower workshops, K-12 safety curriculum, books, videos and other services have helped to protect more than 2 million people from abuse, bullying and other violence since 1989.

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