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The Safe Side - Stranger Safety: Hot Tips To Keep Cool Kids Safe With People They Don't Know And Kinda Know (2005)

Angela Shelton , John Walsh , Douglas Aarniokoski  |  G |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Angela Shelton, John Walsh, Carol Cordova, Kevin Meier, Connor Cordova
  • Directors: Douglas Aarniokoski
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: The Safe Side
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009LS9Y4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,849 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Safe Side - Stranger Safety: Hot Tips To Keep Cool Kids Safe With People They Don't Know And Kinda Know" on IMDb

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  • Hot Tips mini-poster and safety badges inside

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A message from John Walsh: I'm the host of a television show that I wish wasn't needed. But it is. Thankfully, 38 missing children have been recovered by our work at "America's Most Wanted." In 1981, the lives of my wife Reve and I were changed forever. Our beautiful son Adam was abducted from a mall in a nice area of South Florida. Sadly, two weeks into the biggest search for a child ever in Florida, our son was found murdered. In my quest to find justice and fight back for victims, I lobbied Congress to change the laws and to change how police search for missing children. I'm proud to say that the movement I started is still going strong. There's a national organization dedicated to helping children (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) and now this country and its media are beginning to understand that our children need to be informed about how to stay safe. In 1981 not much was known about child abduction and exploitation. Parents knew very little and, tragically, children knew even less. Today we're proud of the awareness that children have about the dangers that face them. Children see images everywhere of kidnappings and exploitation. We only need to think about what we've seen in the past year--pedophiles in the clergy, Internet predators, and others who are in positions to take advantage of children's trust in them--to know that kids are still being victimized at an alarming rate. I hope that's about to change. As a crime fighter and host of a popular TV program that has saved lives, I'm proud to be teaming up with a woman who knows how to teach children. Kids want to know what to do, and parents need to be prepared. Like me, Julie Clark is a parent who cares. She has a proven track record of teaching kids. Her passion and experience make this series of safety videos for children something that parents and kids will want to watch. Now parents and kids will do what I've been doing for more than 23 years--they'll fight back.

Kid safety is an important, yet often difficult topic of discussion between parents and children. The Safe Side's "Safe Side Super-Chick" is a decidedly zany host who successfully combines slapstick humor with serious, practical safety tips for kids. "Safe Side Super-Chick" breaks the population down into three quickly discernable categories: "Safe Side Adults" that kids know well and can always trust to keep them safe, "Don't Knows" like the mail carrier or the lady at the park and "Sorta Knows" like a coach or a schoolmate's parent. As "Safe Side Super-Chick" interacts with "Don't Knows" and "Sorta Knows", she offers seven specific safety tips to keep kids safe and, with the help of real kids, details simple, concrete actions and phrases that empower kids in a variety of potentially dangerous situations. Best of all, the presentation is never scary, but always extremely funny--that means that kids ages 2 to 10 will actually enjoy learning about safety. Kudos to Julie Clark (creator of Baby Einstein) and John Walsh (host of America's Most Wanted) for creating a safety video that's highly entertaining, informative, and practical. --Tami Horiuchi

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147 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Content EXCELLENT... Sound has problems September 13, 2005
By Kim
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First the bad news.... this DVD has some sound issues. Sometimes Super Safe Chick is speaking but the instrumental music is drowning her out. We found ourselves constantly raising and lowering the volume since things are happening so fast in the movie. It may just be a defect in our particular DVD.... we will check into it.

Now the good news! This is an EXCELLENT movie to teach kids about protecting themselves from strangers. Super Safe Chick (SSC)is VERY VERY funny! My dd actually wants to dress up as her for Halloween. So many clever things in this when SSC is in certain situations she wears clothing that is either Green (in safe situations), Amber (in cautious ones) and Red (in danger type situations). She teaches the kids about the 3 types of people in their lives ("Safe Side Adults" - mom, dad, and others whom mom and dad have given their trust, "Kinda Knows" - family friends, neighbors, coaches, teachers, and "Don't Knows" - anyone not in the other 2 categories)

The movie shows certain situations - ie standing in line at the ice cream truck - SSC is in her red outfit, hanging at home she is in her green outfit until the doorbell rings... her outfit turns red and she is upset because she knows she shouldn't answer the door without her Safe Side Adult present. The doorbell keeps ringing and getting louder and she gets louder herself saying "Some people hate hearing the doorbell ring and they want to answer it - but I won't! My Safe Side Adult is not here"...then her mom appears and they open the door together and she is back in her green outfit. VERY CLEVER!!!

She practices with the kids yelling "This is not my Mom, This is not my Dad" - so of course my kids were shouting it for about 30 minutes at the top of their lungs.
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best stranger info! September 3, 2005
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Both of my children are very friendly and fearless with all people and it scares me! I have looked for a good stranger book, video or computer software for several years. This is the best! All adults go into 3 categories - Safe Side Adults, Kinda Knows and Don't Knows. I have always been looking for a way to explain that you can't trust people you do know like the coach, neighbors, mom and dad's boss, etc. This DVD explains the Kinda Knows very well with great role playing! Supersafe Chick does a great job being silly, but explains the information very clearly. The end of the movie tells the kids to write down a list of Super Safe Adults with mom and dad. This is an assignment we should have done a long time ago!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Good November 17, 2005
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We have spent a decent amount of time covering "stranger" safety in our home, and was worried that most of this would be review. Well, in reality, it was, but that ended up being almost better that way. My child got a chance to hear it all again from somebody else and therefore validating what I had been saying. We had already practiced yelling "this isn't my mom/dad" but watching Safe Side Super Chick tell us to do the same thing was wonderful reinforcement. It's great to discuss these things, and great to act them out, but watching it being done added another element.

The Safe Side Super Chick is funny and silly, but never overboard so that it detracted from the seriousness of the subject. We laughed a little while watching this, which served to diffuse the scariness. I think that the way people are categorized as "safe side adults", "don't knows", or "kinda knows" is an excellent guideline for children to use to make good decisions. The "kinda knows" seems to be the hardest category of people to explain to children, and often it made me feel like the paranoid mom to be saying "Yes, our neighbor is nice to say Hi to, but do we REALLY know them?" This dvd did an excellent job of going over those "kinda knows", such as your coach, your dad's friend, your neighbor, the person you regularly see at the store, and it never once sounded paranoid!

The only drawback to this series is that I wish it (or a subsequent title) would have addressed the subject of trusting your instincts and getting away from situations that "feel" wrong. Also, a little more in the way of sample situations would have helped. But overall, this is an excellent program.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information but could be even better August 25, 2006
By Pam S.
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I purchased this video after reading all the excellent reviews of it. Overall, I agree that the content is good and it is one of the few videos even available that cover this difficult topic, so for that alone it deserves 4 stars. It provides a very good foundation for me to expand on the topic in coversations afterward. However I feel there are a few things they could have done to make this even better:

1) It does a good job of tackling a tough topic without being frightening, but the pace is a little too fast and it is almost too silly at times, at least for the younger crowd (my kids are 3 and 4). My kids seemed to pick up too much on the goofiness instead of the message (my son would start running around doing karate kicks after that segment). It just means it may take several viewings and more explanation from parents for the message to really sink in.

2) I think the video stops short of covering everything necessary to make it a 5-star video for me - specifically what to do when your child gets into an uncomfortable situation with a "sorta know". It does a great job of explaining how to AVOID these situations (not getting into a car with your coach, not keeping secrets with your dad's buddy, etc.) however I wish it had taken it a step further and said what to do if he/she should find him/herself in an uncomfortable situation despite precautions. For instance, explain there are parts of the body that are never OK to be touched, that secrets regarding these areas are never OK, and that they should trust their instincts and if it feels wrong, say no and tell your safe-side adult.

If that type of information is important to you, don't expect to get it from this video. Once again it is a great starting off point, but I recommend supplementing this video with books such as "Your Body Belongs to You" or "The Right Touch" (for the younger kids).
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My son absolutely loves this dvd. It's a great dvd on teaching kids about safety.
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This is such a valuable resource I included it as a part of a workshop I did for school counselors a few years ago. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool!!
This is a GREAT product! Cheesy, but the cheese offers important balance for the difficult content. My five year olds loved it.
Published 9 days ago by Lauren Wolff
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very cute, to the point movie. I let my kids watch it and they understood the concept.
Published 11 days ago by Me23
4.0 out of 5 stars Kind of Strange but Helpful
The video is wacky. When we first turned it on, my husband and I exchanged looks. But my 5-year old (then 4-year old) liked it and it does prompt good discussion.
Published 11 days ago by sally
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
This dvd teaches stranger danger and how to react without making children afraid. John Walsh, host ofAmerica's Most Wanted was involved with the development of this safety DVD. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Danita Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My 5 yr old loved this video. Very effective!
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Excellent, written in style my 5 yr old niece could learn from
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