If I had a parenting do-over….

  Ever wish you could have a parenting do-over? We founded Revved Up Kids in 2010, when our children were 14 and 10 years old. Self-educating about the frequency of sexual abuse and exploitation was chilling, and it certainly helped us to be better protectors of our precious babies during middle and high school. The fact is, the median age of a sexual abuse victim is 9, and we were definitely not equipping them properly at that age. If I had a parenting do-over with my children, here is what I would do differently: From the beginning, I would have labeled all body parts with their correct labels. When they were babies learning body parts, we used “va-jay-jay” and “peeper” as our nicknames for private parts; I now know how wrong that was. Children need the real names and they [...]

By | 2017-08-29T16:52:57+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Child Safety|Comments Off on If I had a parenting do-over….

Summer Vacation Safety

Summer is in full swing, and travelling with the children is always an adventure. Here are a few things to keep on your radar so that your family summer vacation is a safe one: Don't tell the world you're on a trip! Save your social media posts for when you return. Police are adamant that social media is used widely by thieves who target homes when people are on vacation. Make sure that two people, either relatives, neighbors or friends, have all of your travel information. This includes itinerary, travel routes, phone numbers, information about who may be entering your home in your absence, etc. Two people provides extra layer of protection in case one person drops the ball. Use a “crash and burn” approach to travel. For numerous reasons (injury/illness/accident/crime), there are times when people don't return from vacations [...]

By | 2017-07-29T12:54:18+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Child Safety, Teen Safety|Comments Off on Summer Vacation Safety

Top Ten Safety Tips

Revved Up Kids top ten safety tips: June is National Safety Month, and while the primary focus of the National Safety Council is accidental injury and death, we thought it was a good time to share the Revved Up Kids top ten safety tips for kids and teens (and adults!). Use this list to open a dialogue in your family about predators and personal safety. The easiest target for a predator is the child who doesn't know they exist, and open conversations about safety and sexual abuse are the best defense. Help your child be smart, be strong and be safe! Top Ten Safety Tips #1 Distraction creates opportunity – when out, tune in to your surroundings, don’t get distracted by your phone, your friends, your music (wear one earbud). Opportunist criminals look for victims who are distracted. Top Ten [...]

By | 2017-06-23T21:37:46+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Child Safety, Teen Safety|Comments Off on Top Ten Safety Tips

Are teachers safe?

Are teachers safe? Frankly, most are, but it's a well-known fact that predators gravitate to positions that give them access to children, and that presents a challenge in terms of safe vs. unsafe people. We see daily news accounts of arrests, and it’s no surprise that perpetrator professions are often “youth minister,” “coach,” “childcare worker,” and “teacher.” Because of this, no child serving organization can ever be completely safe. So how do we talk with our kids about this? How do we tell them that their teacher, or coach, the person they see daily, could be unsafe? It’s so easy to tell kids “don’t talk to strangers” and convince ourselves that we’ve done our job protecting them from sexual abuse; the fact is, more than 90% of the time, your child’s attacker will be someone they know. Stranger-danger is a myth; [...]

By | 2017-05-25T18:51:29+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Child Safety, Teen Safety|Comments Off on Are teachers safe?

Pinwheels and Prevention

A pinwheel.... a universal symbol of joy. It's hard not to smile with a pinwheel in your hand, which is why it was selected as the national symbol for prevention of child abuse. In a perfect world, child abuse would not exist; every child would be joyful, happy, safe and loved. Sadly, we do not live in a perfect world. We live in a world where a report of child abuse is made to authorities every ten seconds of every day. We live in a world where more than one in ten of our children are sexually abused before they turn 18. We live in a world where adults routinely damage children emotionally and physically. We live in a world where people by and sell our children for sex. Our world is definitely not perfect, and the worst part is [...]

By | 2017-04-29T16:13:26+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Child Safety|Comments Off on Pinwheels and Prevention