About Irene van der Zande

Kidpower Executive Director and Founder Irene van der Zande has been featured as a child safety expert by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Recent publications include the Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People, the Kidpower Safety Comic Series, and Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe. Many families, schools, and youth organizations use Kidpower’s positive and practical curriculum for their bullying, child abuse and violence prevention training programs. 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. http://www.kidpower.org

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Articles by Irene

10 Kidpower Safety Tips for Parents of Young Children

10 Kidpower Safety Tips for Parents of Young Children

Long before they can talk or move on their own, babies are getting lessons from their adults about what it means to be safe and to be important. Our job as adults is to provide nurturing, love, guidance, and protection. As toddlers and preschoolers start to develop more mobility, understanding, and language, our job is also to start teaching them how to be safe in their world and with other people.... 

“What if Someone Starts Shooting Kids at My School?”…

“What if Someone Starts Shooting Kids at My School?”…

Last Saturday, I got a note from a mother who wrote, “My six-year-old daughter just asked me, ‘What if someone starts shooting kids at my school? What should I do?’ It breaks my heart that my child even has to think about something this horrible! What can I possibly say or do that will help her?” Countless parents and teachers are now having to answer frightening questions like this from their... 

Safety Checklist for Kids on Their Way to School

Safety Checklist for Kids on Their Way to School

We’ve been following the news about Sierra LaMar, a 15-year-old who disappeared near her home in Morgan Hill, CA sometime between a text message sent to a friend and nine minutes later when she didn’t show up to her school bus on March 16. Reports Thursday say that police no longer think she may have run away and believe that she was most likely kidnapped, potentially by someone she knows. We don’t... 

Three Strategies for Protecting Kids from Sexual Predators

Three Strategies for Protecting Kids from Sexual Predators

The Penn State Football child abuse scandal in the US is a classic case of someone misusing his position of trust and power to abuse and coerce kids and of adults in responsible positions not taking action to stop him. Parents are left wondering, ““What do I need to look out for? How can I protect my kids? What can I teach them about protecting themselves?” In Kidpower’s experience working... 

One Million Safer Kids…begins with ONE

One Million Safer Kids…begins with ONE

What if any of us saw a child about to be harmed? We’d want to do something to help that child! None of us has the power to make others stop doing dangerous things, but we each have the power to take action today that will make kids safer. Kidpower, a global leader in personal safety education, including bullying prevention, child abuse prevention, and stranger awareness, is inviting all caring... 

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