Keeping Kids Safe

National Child Safety Expert Offers Children Practical Strategies to Avoid and Escape Danger

YORK COUNTY, MAINE

Today's headlines have left parents and caring adults feeling fearful, lost and hopeless. How can we protect our children when we are not able to be with them every minute of the day?

In response to recent articles in our local newspaper, children's advocate Suzanne Heyland contacted nationally recognized children's safety expert and founder of radKIDS, Stephen Daley. Suzanne, working with the First Parish Church in York has arranged for Mr. Daley to speak to parents, educators, law enforcement professionals and concerned citizens on Sunday, October 3, 2004 from 2-4 pm in Fellowship Hall. Mr. Daley's presentation, "What Every Parent Needs to Know to Keep Their Children Safe" is free and open to the public.

"Our mission," said Stephen M. Daley, executive director of radKIDS "is to provide education that enhances the ability of children to use knowledge, skills, and power to protect themselves from violence and harm."

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. 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.

"Every child without safety education is a possible and 'easy' target for violence as we vividly witnessed in the recent abduction of Carlie Brascia in Florida this past summer," says Suzanne Heyland. "We have to give our children the necessary tools and information so they will no longer be that target."

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. A leading expert on children's safety expert, Steve Daley has also appeared on national television including The Today Show, The CBS Early Show and Good Morning America.

Heyland strongly encourages you to come to this important presentation and learn what can be done in York County today to prevent our children from becoming victims.


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