The award-winning, revolutionary program created to teach children how to avoid and resist abduction and harm, radKIDS, has successfully trained thousands of children to avoid and escape bullying, an epidemic that causes 160,000 children a day to stay home from school, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Renowned child protection advocates Ed Smart, Steve Daley and Diena Thompson will be in Atlanta on Feb. 10 to 13 to join Keep Georgia Safe to raise awareness of radKIDS and its success in child safety and protection.
The nation”s leading personal safety empowerment program for children ages 5-12, radKIDS provides hands-on learning for children on how to recognize, avoid, resist and escape violence, bullying, abduction and harm. Keep Georgia Safe, the Georgia non-profit organization dedicated to child safety and crime prevention, sponsors and facilitates radKIDS certified instructor training and program implementation into schools and community centers.
Smart, the father of Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted and miraculously rescued nine months later, Thompson, the mother of seven-year-old Somer Thompson, who was abducted and killed in 2009 and Daley, founder and director of radKIDS, are passionately working to educate parents, educators and lawmakers of the critical importance of proactive child protection.
The radKIDS bullying prevention model curriculum combines self-esteem building with realistic physical skills to escape bullying violence. A curriculum that not only stops bullying behaviors, but also empowers children to stop violence physically when absolutely necessary – all with the intent to escape and then report, not hide, the encounter. Current research indicates that the only effective way to stop a bully is to make them stop.
The radKIDS program is the only nationally certified curriculum that teaches and empowers children to not only reject bullying in their lives, but to stop physical violence when necessary. The radKIDS curriculum is the foundation to changing the ineffective zero tolerance policies in our schools to much more effective and expected policies of zero victimization. Our children deserve the right to be safe in their education and radKIDS empowers both the children and the educational system to truly stop the violence and victimization that has reached pandemic proportion in our schools today.