Child Safety Resources
We encourage parents and caregivers to take advantage of the child safety resources available in this section of the Revved Up Kids website. We welcome suggestions for additional safety resources.
General Child Safety Resources
**NOTE: While we find the content to be useful and informative, we do not specifically endorse any products or services offered by these organizations or their affiliates, and we do not have a business relationship with any of them.**
Common Sense Media (parental reviews of video games, movies, apps, etc.)
Safe Kids USA (injury prevention tips)
Wired Safety (internet safety)
Stop It Now (sex abuse education and prevention)
Child Welfare League of America (public/private advocacy partnership)
Childlures Prevention Video "Tom's Secret" on YouTube
Recommended Books & Videos
Parents should pre-screen before sharing with children and teens.
Books for Adults
Strong on Defense (Sanford Strong)
The Gift of Fear (Gavin de Becker)
Protecting the Gift (Gavin de Becker)
Off Limits: A parent's guide to keeping children safe... (Feather Berkower)
Beyond the Big Talk: A parents guide to raising sexually healthy teens (Debra W Haffner)
Books for Children
My Body Belongs to Me (Jill Starishevsky)
I said No! A kid-to-kid guide..... (Kimberly & Zack King)
Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept (Jayneen Sanders)
C is for Consent (Eleanor Morrison)
The Trouble With Secrets (Karen Johnsen)
Dating Smarts: What every teen needs to know... (Amy Lang)
We recommend these books as wonderful tools for personal safety. Please check back periodically for additions to the list.
Adults & Teens
The Gift of Fear by Gavin deBecker
#1 on our recommended reading list. This book provides amazing insight into how people can tap into their instincts (sixth sense) as a safety tool. The book shares true stories of violent attacks, and gives firsthand accounts from the victims about how their internal alarm bells were working but went unacknowledged. Recommended for high school and older, some of the content is graphic.
Facing Violence by Rory Miller
This book helps the reader understand the nature of violent attackers, how they assess their victims, how to recognize early signs of danger, how to determine whether or not you are capable of defending yourself in a violent attack and what to expect if you are being attacked (how does your brain and body respond to adrenaline). The writing style of this book is challenging, may be difficult for teen readers, although the content is very helpful. Recommended for adults and possibly older teens.
Strong on Defense by Sanford Strong
This book is an amazing tool for learning how to appropriately respond to different types of violent attacks and survive them. Graphic content, recommended for adults.
The Friendly Enemy by Lorraine Fast
This workbook helps adults better understand how predators operate in their children's worlds, and how best to protect children from sexual abuse.
Child Lures by Kenneth Wooden
This bestseller helps parents understand how predators operate with children, and provides teaching tools that parents can use to discuss and prepare children for the different types of lures they might experience at the hands of a predator. Recommended for adults to read first and then share with children.
My Body Belongs To Me by Jill Starishevsky
This children's book is an easy read, designed to help children understand child sexual abuse and the importance of telling a trusted adult if it happens. This book should be read by adults to children. My Body Belongs to me is also available as a video on YouTube.
Grant Gets His Shield by Jacob Williams
This story helps children understand the importance of personal boundaries. Your child controls who touches him/her, and should never be pressured into unwanted physical contact. Read this book with your child and talk about personal boundaries. Ask if anyone has ever touched your child in a way that made him/her feel uncomfortable.
Gracie Finds Her Voice by Jacob Williams
This story helps children understand the power that secrets have if they are kept. Help your child understand that a secret should never be kept because it will make your child feel sad and sick. Make a rule in your family that secrets are not allowed, but talk about surprises…these feel good and happy when we are holding them in, and we only hold them for a little while; everyone is excited when we let them out.