Personal-safety classes and instruction for children
Why should or would you consider a personal-safety class for your child or grandchild? There are many benefits.
Let’s start with a parent’s biggest concerns — actually, a worst nightmare: abuse or abduction. There’s also the everyday concern about neighborhood or school violence in the form of bullying and beyond.
What are the benefits? From The Village of Palmetto Bay’s Facebook page for this event:
“The Palmetto Bay Policing Unit is hosting yet another week-long installment of radKIDS®, a child safety program starting Sept. 20 at Howard Drive Elementary School. radKIDS®, the national leader in children’s safety education, will take place Monday-Thursday, 3 – 5 p.m., with the ‘final exam’ simulation demonstration on Friday at 6 p.m. … they get to beat up a cop to prove they possess crucial self-defense skills.
“As professionally trained instructors for RAD/kids, the team of Palmetto Bay police officers a hands-on, activity-based physical skill development that empowers children with options, not fear. radKIDS® provides children with the instinctual options they need to recognize, avoid, and if necessary, respond to potential danger in their world today.
“The first few seconds of a potentially violent encounter are critical. When a child is approached or grabbed, the response needs to be immediate, instinctual and absolute. This instinctual response can be ‘taught’ and enhanced through individual demonstration, training and practice.”
What is radKIDS® and what’s it all about?
Started in 1998, the program states that it is the “national leader” in children’s safety programs. They offer programs for children in the age groups of 5-12 and 12-17, college-aged students, and parents. They are working on a program for pre-schoolers.
radKIDS® curriculum topics include:
- Home, School and Vehicle Safety
- Out and About Safety
- Realistic Defense Against Abduction
- Good-Bad-Uncomfortable Touch and more
- Stranger Tricks (including Physical Defense against Abduction)
- Self-realization of personal power
Classes for children ages 5-12 begin this afternoon (3-5 p.m.) at Howard Drive Elementary in Kendall. Contact Peter Judge, Palmetto Bay’s Officer Friendly, for details at 305-259-1270 or via email at [email protected] For more information about the radKIDS® program itself, visit their Web site.
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