Development and Evaluation of a Multi-Media Training Program for Elementary School Bullying and Abuse Prevention
Child victimization and injury continue to be major public health challenges, jeopardizing the healthy development of millions of American children every day. Post-pandemic, elementary schools are reporting significant delays in children’s social and emotional development, as well as higher rates of harmful internal and externalizing behaviors.
The radKIDS® Personal Empowerment and Safety Education Program is a school-based program developed in response to national recommendations on child safety. radKIDS® uses activity-based skill training to help elementary aged children develop personal safety boundaries, critical thinking skills for responding to threats of danger, age-appropriate coping strategies for dealing with current and past victimization, self-assertiveness and physical skills for self-defense, communication skills for reporting incidences to parents/adults, and increasing child self-worth—the program’s cornerstone for personal safety and healthy development for elementary students.
Investigators are adapting the program into a blended online/in-person instructor training and instructional delivery system that can be used for broad-scale dissemination among low income, rural and minority serving elementary schools. If the modified program is effective and practical for use in schools, wide-spread implementation could have a large impact on public health by decreasing incidents and risks of victimization and reducing child trauma due to preventable violence, abuse, and injury.
This grant is a subaward with Saavsus, Inc. from National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).