Since it’s inception in 1998, radKIDS®, Inc. has been committed to providing education that enhances the ability of children and parents to utilize knowledge, skills, and power to protect themselves from violence and harm. radKIDS® strengthens family, encourages physical fitness, and teaches core safety values to live by through its program. Fun, activity-based programs include lecture, safety drills, muscle memory exercises and dynamic simulation. radKIDS® community based programs have been offered as after school programs, day camps, recreation programs, as well as through scouting and religious youth groups.
radKIDS®: Making A Difference
- 250,000 children have been trained in the radKIDS® personal Empowerment Safety education program.
- More than 3500 community based instructors have been trained in over 44 states and Canada.
- 74 children threatened with abduction used their skills and returned safely to their families.
- Hundreds of children spoke up and got the help they needed to stop the abuse.
According to NISMART II data, in 1999 there were 1,315,600 missing children in the US. An estimated 797,500 are reported to police. (NISMART II October 2002)
- Research indicates very young children are the most frequent victims of child fatalities. The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) data for 2002 demonstrated children younger than 12 years old accounted for 94 percent of child fatalities. (National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information 2004)
- The US Department of Justice recently reported that in a one-year period of time (1999): 1,682,900 children ran away. 203,900 children were abducted by family members, 198,300 children were involuntarily missing, lost or injured and 58,200 children were abducted by a non family perpetrator including an estimated 115 victims of stereotypical kidnappings.. (NISMART II October 2002)
- 38% of non family abducted children were abducted by a friend or long term acquaintance, 5% by a neighbor, 6% by persons of authority and 4% by a caretaker or babysitter.” (NISMART II October 2002)
- Homes or yards were the origination point in only a minority of the abductions of all non family abducted children (23%) and of those who were stereotypically kidnapped (19%). Instead, streets, parks, or wooded areas and other public areas (i.e.: generally accessible spaces) were the places from which children were typically abducted.” (NISMART II October 2002)
- 34% of American parents who do not know all three pieces of the following information about their children: height, weight and eye color. (Time Magazine, “Numbers” June 4, 2001)
Bullying and School Violence
- Bullying generally begins in the elementary grades, peaks in the sixth through eight grades and persists into high school. (Addressing the Problem of Juvenile Bullying, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2001)
- In one-study, 80% of students in grades 8-12 and 90% of students in grades 4-8 responded that they have been bullied at some point in their school careers. (Hoover, Oliver & Hazler,1992; Hoover, Oliver & Thompson,1993)
- Though recent studies show that as many as seventy-five percent of children have been victims of bullying during their school careers, about half of parents in this survey see bullying as no problem for their children. (Are We Safe?: The 2000 National Crime Prevention Survey, National Crime Prevention Council, 2001)
- A survey last year by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and prevention showed that 10,000 children stayed home from school a least once a month fearing bullies and half the children surveyed were bullied weekly.
- About 22% of students in grades 4-8 reported academic difficulties as a result of peer abuse. (The Bully prevention Handbook, 1996)
- A recent report on fatal school shootings found that more than two-thirds of the attackers said they were bullied, persecuted, threatened, attacked, or injured by others prior to the incident. Bullying appeared to be a major reason for attacks by those who reported that they were victims of longstanding, severe, bullying and harassment. (US Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center, 2000)