In our troubled world, where abuse, bullying and intolerance of others is on the rise, the value of what Kidpower teaches children and adults is more valuable than ever. What I especially appreciate about them - in addition to their extraordinary range of helpful resources and training programs - is that they refuse to monger their program based on fear. Their message acknowledges the difficulties people may face, but does so in a constructive and factual method; informing, educating, encouraging. They tailor their training to the needs of the individual, whether a special needs person, a toddler, an educator or a safety officer. We need more non-profits like Kidpower in this world.
Kidpower's workshops for kids and for teens have brought me and my family huge peace of mind over the years. As my kids were growing up, it was easy to think about all the things I was afraid of, like bullying and molestation and abduction, but I knew I didn't want to burden my kids with those worries.
Kidpower skills and methods helped me to learn how to focus on the skills I want my kids to know rather than on the harm that scared me. This change in perspective made everything easier! Instead of worrying if they were ready to do something, like go on overnights or walk downtown, I focused my energy on practicing skills - and I noticed that my own belief and confidence in their skills grew! Giving them new freedom got much easier, because I had a clearer sense of their skills.
Kidpower boundary skills strengthened our relationships at home - this was an unexpected benefit! The boundary skills that have helped them over the years to manage relationships with friends - and deal effectively with bullying and harassment - have also helped them communicate more effectively with each other and with me. What a gift this has been!
Both my kids decided to take big trips on their own after turning 18. One worked and traveled in Europe; the other hiked the Appalachian Trail. On the days they left, I felt grateful beyond belief that they were carrying their Kidpower skills with them. I knew they would face possible problems - and I knew they had skills and confidence to take action and put safety first.
I was wanting to start teaching child safety workshops in South Africa, so when researching books. I found the Kidpower book on Amazon. The skills taught were really easy to learn and was so relevant to every day life. I read other books but nothing has come close to relevance of Kidpower skills. I believe every child should have access to the teachings of Kidpower.
Kidpower has literally changed my life. I'm based in the UK and had been researching for a long time about safeguarding and the dangers our children face. When I couldn't find anything in the UK to help with preventative action, I decided to look further afield and came across Kidpower's website, perhaps by chance but I believe that they answered my prayers. I have been in touch with them ever since and have found their resources to be a God-send. I have since ordered all of their books and watched many of their videos and try to read as much as possible about their work, their experience and their advice. Their willingness to help others is wonderful. I hope that their legacy lives on and that their passion for saving lives and helping to prevent unsafe situations is integrated into every family in every society.
I m amazed how responsive and we'll informed the owner is! Very lovely person! M very happy I found kid power..
Kidpower has been wonderful for my 9 year old.
My daughter was having problems with a "friend" who was exhibiting not very friendly behavior and who began targeting my child. My daughter is an only child and as a result has not had to develop the day to day skills other children with siblings have learned; "easy" life skills that were hard for us to teach her without real life situations. I found Kidpower online by doing a google search and have been so grateful for all the information they share so freely. She has been practicing the skills, especially the walking away, and she feels so much more in control of herself and her ability to handle difficult situations.
Great resource for parents with children of all ages.
My daughter participated in a Kidpower program as part of a Victim's Assistance program. It changed her life forever! She became empowered, confident, happier and has carried her lessons throughout her life. I've recommended the program to many parents and I'm so grateful for what they do. A very necessary organization!
Fantastic resource for educating our children and vulnerable members of our society.
I took a Fullpower class and learned so much about myself and skills to stay safe. I had doubts about the class but afterwards I was really glad I attended!
I first took the Kidpower course with my children when they were ages 4 & 6. My daughter was the older child, & even a year later when we might be talking about a topic related to relationships or personal boundaries, she would say, "Well, Kidpower says... " That speaks volumes to how easily the concepts are learned by children because of how Kidpower teaches them. Even today, 8 years later, I can still reference some of the skills & relationship concepts we were taught as a way I know my children will understand from their experience with Kidpower.
This is an excellent program & because the things that are taught are done so in a way which is so user-friendly, I seriously recommend it to everyone I know (to people personally, as well as schools, churches, & other organizations of which I am a part. My children's school actually hired Kidpower to conduct workshops at the school!).
Kidpower has changed my life since the moment I took my son to a workshop three years ago. I had no idea how simple it could be to teach my kids how to be safe without provoking their anxiety -- and that this could actually be a fun, bonding experience for us! Kidpower as an organization has been exceptionally responsive, warm and caring as I have sought out not only workshops but online resources to meet the needs of my various family members as well as our school community. Kidpower just makes sense! I wish everyone, everywhere had access to Kidpower.
Love the KidPower messages, Irene always send such great information and I always pass this information to my family and friends. Keep up the good work in protecting our kids!
Kidpower really taught my daughter her
Voice and how to use it. It gave us many useful tools for everyday life.
Kidpower was able to do that and we all had fun learning and practicing.
The four hours really went by very quickly. I will definitely do a class again with my other daughter.
Thank you kidpower!
Kidpower is an amazing program that should be required in every public school in America, annually. We teach our children so much but with child safety issues we still need to increase education. I attended an afternoon class that some concerned parents put together. Kidpower came and not only had great materials to read through after the class was over, but they role played many different difficult situations in a calm approach that was helpful to our children, but not overwhelmed them. Doing it correct the first time in a practice situation will only increase our children's chances of being about to make the right decisions in difficult situations whether it be lost in a store, talking to strangers or have a close family friend or even family member cross inappropriate boundaries. The comic book we took home continues to reinforce the correct learned responses. Kidpower is a priceless gift to give children and teens. And it is never too early to teach our children how to have their own power!
I was gifted the kidpower book by my sister for my daughter, I have found that very useful. Post that I bought the kidpower book for caring adults. The book is very useful , I have used and discussed with my daughter and she has found it very useful and learnt the skills . I am absolutely a great admirer of this organisation. Would like to volunteer for them when they are in India.
I've been to a workshop with my daughter and granddaughter and my granddaughter loved it and learned some skills that she likes using. I am a family law attorney and I routinely carry a kidpower coloring workbook in my briefcase. When I see a bored, cranky small child in the courthouse hall who is figiting and driving his/her parent nuts, I give the pagges to them and so far, both parent and child have become interested and entertained. The materials offered by this group are very worthwhile and helpful.
As a family law attorney, I gave the wotkbook to a client who'5 year old was acting angry and hitting children who said mean things to him. He wouldn't let her stop reading it to him and wanted to start over when they were finished. The next day he told his mom that when a child had been mean to him, he decided that the child was not safe and used his walk away power to solve the problem. He and my client were very pleased. This really should be taught in schools.
Irene V. 10/01/2012
Thank you! I'm so glad Kidpower has been of help!
Kidpower offers a wonderful selection of resources to help kids and families learn about stranger safety, and they do so by teaching kids to be empowered and aware. They do this without teaching fear.
The most valuable platform for teaching safety skills. Everyone can benefit from Kidpower and it's effective techniques for teaching emotional and physical safety skills!
After calling them to give them feedback, my general impression is even lower than it was before. If you think a class is bad, try disagreeing with them after.
Irene V. 10/06/2011
At Kidpower, we see constructive feedback as a gift and always do our best to make things better, Unfortunately, despite what he or she has written, as far as we can figure out, T. Gustas has never called our office or even sent us a direct e-mail. We cannot address concerns without communication with people.
Someone once told me - if everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking.
Five stars, unanimously, across the board? Odd. Except for one or two reviews? Super huge clue they are having their staff write (and churn) reviews.
Bad form. While not prohibited, staff reviews are discouraged, and many of these reviewers specifically identify themselves as staff.
I attended a workshop. under pressure from other parents in my kids age range.
Total BS. Tons of common sense, with a healthy dose of fear mongering and fund raising.
Thanks for the cult induction, but I haven't sipped the Kool Aid.
They teach your kids just enough to get in trouble, but not enough to defend themselves. It's self defense - light - kind of, not effectively.
If you are impressed by their supposed "martial arts" credentials, then make sure you research their co-founder, Timothy Dunphy. He claims to be able to heal people by connecting their "chi" with their "aura" via music and light. (http://www.chiaura.com/)
If you believe that, sign your kids up for a Kidpower workshop and "believe" they are safer.
Irene V. 06/06/2011
If T.Gustus chooses to contact our organization directly, he or she will find that we appreciate feedback and always give refunds on the rare occasions that someone is not happy with a workshop. In our public workshops, we do not turn people away for lack of money - and we seek funding to reach out to people in homeless shelters and other places serving children in high-risk situations. Most of our instructors and center directors are NOT paid by Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International - they started as parents, teachers, and other caring adults -- and have volunteered countless hours and donated a tremendous amount of their own resources to be able to bring these skills to others.