Another Child Victimized
National Child Safety Expert Offers Children Practical Strategies to Avoid and Escape Danger
Another child victimized, another family devastated.
HARWICHPORT, MA Today's headlines can leave parents and caring adults feeling lost and hopeless. How can we protect our children when we cannot always be with them every minute of the day?
The answer is radKIDS and children's safety expert Stephen Daley.
radKIDS is a personal empowerment safety program for children age five to twelve years old, that gives children the knowledge and skills to "resist aggression defensively" (rad) when parents can't be there to keep them safe.
"Our mission is to provide education that enhances the ability of children to use knowledge, skills, and power to protect themselves from violence and harm," said Stephen M. Daley, executive director of radKIDS.
In programs offered at the community level, radKIDS is taught by police officers, teachers, college students, and child safety advocates who have been specially trained by the national radKIDS organization. Through radKIDS training, children become empowered. They learn to be aware of their surroundings and how to respond swiftly and appropriately if approached or attacked. They learn to replace the fear, confusion, and panic of dangerous situations with confidence, personal safety skills, and self-assurance. Children participate in five two-hour training sessions where they receive lessons in Home and School Safety, Out and About Safety, Realistic Defense Against Abduction as well as Good, Bad and Uncomfortable Touch.
Since 1998, radKIDS has reached thousands of children across North America and has documented hundreds of successes in the prevention of violence and harm to children.
Recognized by children's advocate John Walsh as a "great program" and valuable tool in the fight to protect our children, radKIDS and Steve Daley have been featured on Walsh's television program America's Most Wanted. The Polly Klaas Foundation has formed a unique alliance with radKIDS, Inc. In honor of Polly Klaas, the foundation and radKIDS agreed to combine their efforts in Petaluma, California to take part in the radKIDS abduction and violence prevention program. RadKIDS has joined forces with Ed and Lois Smart in their national children's safety protection initiative called Partners in Safety. Launched on March 12, 2004, the one-year anniversary of Elizabeth's return home, Partners in Safety is a program whose purpose is to equip children with skills and information necessary so that "when (children) are faced with situations, they can deal with them," says Ed Smart.
A leading expert on children's safety expert, Steve Daley has appeared on national television including "America's Most Wanted" and the "Today Show."