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The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People Paperback – April 10, 2012

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About the Author

Irene van der Zande is an international expert in personal safety, a prolific author, and an inspiring trainer. As the founder and executive director of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, known as Kidpower for short, Irene has been a tireless leader in protecting and empowering children, teens, and adults around the world for more than two decades. Irene has written comprehensive training manuals, books for children as well as for adult, articles, and blogs, creating an extensive and growing library of resources to bring "People Safety" knowledge into the daily practices of individuals, families, schools, organizations, and communities. Kidpower has directly served more than 2.5 million people of all ages and abilities since its founding in 1989, offering workshops and an extensive free and low-cost selection of articles, podcasts, blog posts, curriculum teaching kits and books, including: "Bullying — What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe", the "Kidpower Safety Comics" series, and "The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults," a comprehensive resource for adults who want to learn how to protect the emotional and physical safety of the young people in their lives. Kidpower’s newest global initiative is the "One Million Safer Kids campaign, which has the goal of making at least one million young people safer from bullying, violence, and abuse through greater awareness, action, and skills by July 1, 2016.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: KIDPOWER Press (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979619173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979619175
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1985, when her family was young, in a public place with people standing all around, Irene van der Zande protected a group of small children, including her own two, from a man who was threatening to kidnap them. She stopped him by yelling and by ordering a bystander to help. The kids were fine. What they saw was that Irene yelled, and the bad guy ran away - but Irene wasn't fine. She kept wondering, "What if he'd knocked me down?" "What other children did he go on to assault?" "How will my kids be able to protect themselves when they go out into the world on their own?"

She took a self-defense workshop to answer the first question. But she kept meeting people who would tell her stories that started with the words "If only.." "If ONLY, when my youth group leader dropped all the kids off except for me and started to touch me in a way that my parents had told me never to let someone touch me, if ONLY I had known how to stop him. If ONLY, I had known how to tell my parents what happened. My life would have been so much easier."

Prior to this experience, Irene's career had been as a community organizer who helped develop services for many nonprofits working with people of all ages facing difficult life challenges due to poverty, prejudice, and disabilities. She had also just written a book called "1,2, 3... The Toddler Years", which is used in early childhood education programs across the US and has been translated into Chinese and Dutch.

Irene's plan was to go on writing about child development, but, as she looked at the 15 girls in her Girl Scout troop, Irene thought about the rape crisis center statistic of 1 in 3 girls being sexually assaulted before they were 18 years old, and she thought to herself, "That's FIVE of them! Which five girls is it okay with me that this happens to?" The answer of course, was, "NONE of them!"

Realizing that she couldn't be with her kids all the time, Irene gathered educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement officials, martial artists, health care providers, and other parents to establish Kidpower in 1989. She has served as the executive director, primary author, and trainer for the organization ever since. She has directly taught thousands of children, teens, and adults all over the world to take charge of their emotional and physical safety. She has also trained thousands of parents, educators, and other caring adults in what they need to know and do to protect their kids - and in how to use Kidpower's Positive Practice Method (TM) to make it fun for kids to learn to stay safe.

Today, Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International is a global nonprofit leader dedicated to providing effective and empowering child protection, positive communication, and personal safety for all ages and abilities. Kidpower programs have protected over 3 million children, teens, and adults from bullying, abuse, harassment, assault, kidnapping, and other violence through greater awareness, action, and skills. In collaboration with many partners world-wide, each September Kidpower leads International Child Protection Month to honor, support, and inspire adult leadership in protecting young people from harm and preparing them to take charge of their own well-being.

Irene is an inspiring speaker, a dedicated leader, and a prolific author whose writing is filled with humor, memorable stories, and practical advice. Her many books include 1,2, 3 ... The Toddler Years; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Handbook for Teens and Adults; One Strong Move: Cartoon Illustrated Self-Defense Lessons; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; the Kidpower Safety Comics, the Kidpower Youth Safety Comics, and the Fullpower Safety Comics series; and training manuals for educators.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy Tiemann VINE VOICE on May 12, 2012
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"The Kidpower Book" is a must-have resource for parents, teachers and other caring adults. As an international nonprofit organization, Kidpower has taught personal safety skills to more than two million people worldwide, through their interactive personal safety workshops and other educational resources. Kidpower's positive, success-based approach to learning safety skills is both refreshing and effective. Research has validated the Kidpower teaching method as an evidence-based approach.

Incorporating Kidpower skills into my family's daily lives has helped me raise a child who is independent and prepared to explore the world with safety and confidence. Now all families can access this knowledge through "The Kidpower Book," a resource that is chock-full of practical safety skills and strategies, presented in a very accessible format. Topics include these and more: What Adults need to know about "People Safety" for kids; Building a foundation of emotional safety for young people; Five key self-protection strategies for preventing trouble; Protecting young people from bullying; Protecting children from sexual abuse; and Protecting kids from abduction and teaching stranger safety.

Kidpower empowers adults to teach these skills to kids in a way that is both effective and emotionally safe, not scary. This book is a treasure-trove of information and I am proud to give Kidpower my highest personal and professional recommendation.

--Amy Tiemann, Ph.D.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mom4Good on April 24, 2012
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This is by far the most comprehensive book I've seen for adults wanting to help kids and teens learn age-appropriate personal safety skills. From stranger safety to sexual abuse prevention to bullying prevention, The Kidpower Book gives practical skills and answers. As a parent, I don't need any more scare stories, I need to know what I can DO to help my kids learn to be safe. The Kidpower Book gives me information in a way that makes me feel prepared, but not overwhelmed. It's written in clear language that's easy to understand and apply with my actual kids in everyday life. I haven't found anything else like it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Amanda on June 7, 2012
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I have been working with kids for over 10 years and this book is such an amazing resource! As an adult it helps me understand how I can talk to - and above all teach - kids about safety.
What I like about the book is it covers so many areas of the aspect of safety for kids...not only abuse but also bullying, strangers and emergencies.
It is all done in such a positive way, looking at how to prevent a lot of problems and also how to have better relationships with other people.
It is a very comprehensive guide that is easy to read and simple to implement.
I hope every adult who has a child in their life or who works with kids gets this book, reads it and helps kids everywhere be safer and happier!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SusanOJ on July 10, 2012
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As both a parent and a school administrator, I have seen the strength of "Kidpower" at work. Not only would this book be a wonderful gift, it can also be used as the starting point for discussions at parent meetings. The stories in the book are excellent examples to be used in helping parents and others to understand and practice strategies that create an environment of confidence for children so that we can prevent the epidemic of bullying we are experiencing in our schools. My thanks to Ms. Van der Zant for writing this book and for her couragious leadership in the quest to protect all children.
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