Summer brings new adventures, but also can present new risks — so parents and kids need to take the time to make safety plans and practice how to get help in these new situations if there’s a problem.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 06, 2013
Child safety expert and author, Irene van der Zande, spells out simple steps parents can take and safety skills they can teach their kids before summer camp and recreational activities start, in ways that are fun and age-appropriate — “not scary or weird.” Van der Zande is the founder of Kidpower, a leading nonprofit in personal safety skills education, known for taking a positive, skills-based approach to preventing sexual abuse, kidnapping, bullying and other violence.
“Taking trips, going to camp, or spending more time on their own in the neighborhood can be great for kids in the summer,” says van der Zande. “But changing routines can also present new risks, so parents and kids need to take the time to make safety plans and practice how to get help in these new situations if there’s a problem.”
To help parents get started, Kidpower has released two new resources in the Kidpower.org free library. Van der Zande’s article, “Summer Safety: Kidpower Tips For Families,” offers 14 tips for making safety plans and practicing safety skills for new situations and routines at home, in the community, at summer programs, and on trips.
Kidpower is also releasing a parent-education video, “Kidpower Advice To Prevent Sexual Abuse At Summer Camp & Recreation Programs,” featuring van der Zande talking in more depth about what parents need to know about sexual abuse and how they can help kids learn to set effective boundaries and get help from the adults in charge. The video covers:
- Questions parents can ask and how to assess the answers from a summer camp or recreational program;
- How to teach and role play boundary setting skills with kids to help them stop unwanted touch, teasing or affection and how to be persistent in getting help from other adults; and
- What parents can do if they become aware of or suspect that abuse may be happening.
Kidpower is a 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 bullying, child abuse, kidnapping, and other violence. Kidpower workshops, K-12 safety curriculum, books, videos and other services have helped to protect more than 2 million young people from abuse, bullying and other violence since 1989. Kidpower is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Nonprofit Organization.
Kidpower's founder and executive director, Irene van der Zande, has been featured as a personal safety expert by USA Today, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of "The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults", a comprehensive guide for understanding personal safety, self-protection, confidence, and advocacy for young people "Bullying: What adults need to know and do to keep kids safe"; and the "Kidpower Safety Comic Series", a series of cartoon-illustrated workbooks for younger kids (ages 3-8), older kids (ages 8-12), and teens/young adults, which many schools use in classrooms, and in child abuse, bullying and dating-violence prevention training programs.
For media requests: email "media (at) kidpower (dot) org" for more information or to request an interview.