At my house throughout the day you are sure to hear the sounds of battle, as interpreted by my 5 and 3 year olds. They love to play good guy-bad guy. At their age, getting the bad guy means firing imaginary bullets from a “shooter” built from Legos. Yeah, I’m not thrilled with the whole gunfight as play idea, but secretly I do like the part where they think they can take on any of the baddest bad guys around.
How can I help them learn real skills around personal safety? Recently I came across a program called radKIDS offered by the Davis Police Department. RadKIDS is an awareness course designed specifically for boys and girls in two separate age groups; children 5 – 7 and 8 – 12. The instruction covers all aspects of personal safety.
Curriculum topics include:
- Home, School and Vehicle Safety
- Out and About Safety
- Realistic Defense Against Abduction
- Stranger Tricks
- Self-realization of personal power
- Good-Bad-Uncomfortable Touch and more
If you believe the chances of your child coming face to face with an abductor are pretty low, you may be right. But this course also offers empowerment skills for dealing with a school bully, which is far more common. It also offers a safe place for kids to practice how to get help if they need it.
Class sessions will be held July 21-24 and August 4-7, 2010 (Wed-Sat sessions). The 5-7-year-old class will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the 8 – 12-year-old class will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students are required to attend all 4 days to complete the certified program.
There is a fee of $20.00 per child for the class. Class sizes are kept small for instructional purposes. For registration information or to sign up, please e-mail the Davis PD radKIDS instructors at radKIDS@davispd.org or call (530)747-5407. For general information about radKIDS, go to the main Website at http://radkids.org.
The police department also offers rad classes for women. Call the city of Davis Police Department for more detaials.