With over 25 years experience in providing workshops, Kidpower International has developed many packages and a series of ‘best practice skills’ for its students.
Workshops can be standalone or a series of progressive workshops delivered in a number of sessions.
Ages 3-5 Puppetpower Workshop (1 hour)
Storytelling, puppets and interactive role plays introduce simple but powerful skills to handle unkind words, check first before touching something unsafe, move away from someone doing unsafe things such as throwing sand or playing too roughly, and get help from you effectively, even when you are busy. This workshop can be run in a nursery environment, with staff interaction, or as a parent-child workshop.
Ages 5-8 Parent-Child Kidpower Workshops (2 hour)
Children together with their adults learn age-appropriate Kidpower People Safety skills and how to practice them as a team. Our instructors introduce skills children can use right away to feel safer and more confident dealing with people at home, on the playground, and out and about in the world. Each step of the way, we give supportive coaching so families learn how to continue practicing and reinforcing the skills on their own. This class does not introduce physical self-defense skills.
Ages 8-12 Parent-Child Kidpower + Fullforce Workshops (4 hours)
Children &/or teenagers practice People Safety Skills including taking charge when they are on their own, bullied, intimidated, touched inappropriately or assaulted. The activities and role plays are tailored to be relevant to the lives of older children. In addition, and as an option, children learn and practice physical self-defense skills with one-on-one coaching from a padded instructor. These workshops can be tailored to meet individual needs.
Adult Education Workshops: Preparing Parents And Caregivers To Keep Their Kids Safe
Through discussion and hands-on practice, participants find answers to the questions, “How can we teach our younger children to be safe without scaring them? How can we prepare our older children to balance their need for increasing independence with their safety?”
Participants learn how to build these basic People Safety skills into their everyday parenting and guidance of children so that they can help improve the safety and quality of their children’s interactions with both strangers and people they know.
Because this is an adults-only program, participants have time and space to ask questions and discuss their questions and concerns.
The topics addressed include:
- What adults need to know about personal safety for children
- Kidpower’s Underlying Principle about making choices that put safety ahead of embarrassment, inconvenience or offense
- How to teach your child skills that can prevent most bullying, molestation, assault, and abduction without creating fear
- How to coach children so they are successful in practicing safety skills
- How to make a safety plan for everywhere children go
- How to establish a common language about safety within your family
- How to advocate for your child’s emotional and physical safety