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The Safe Zone: A Kid's Guide to Personal Safety Paperback – Jun 1998

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Teaches the prevention aspect of bullying 4 May 2001
By Carol Watkins - Published on
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This excellent book could either be used as a vehicle for parent-child discussion, or as a part of a school curriculum. It would be good for older elementary school and for middle school students. It covers a wide variety of safety and personal boundary issues. In this regard, it is superior to many books on personal safety. It presents stories of children and adolescents who are each faced with a dilemma which might put them in a dangerous or uncomfortable situation. It then discusses the options and the possible outcomes.
I like the fact that it starts by teaching kids how to avoid being bullied in the first place.
Carol E. Watkins, M.D.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very practical advice 20 April 2000
By Linda Reed - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is chock full of very practical advice. It contains story after story written in a way to seem very realistic -- exactly a situation you could imagine would really happen. Then they give very specific and workable solutions. I am buying a copy to use in my kid's self defense classes. Many self defense books carry very unrealistic solutions or advice that seems too distant from the real situation. This book will really empower kids.
Keep kids safe 6 Nov. 2013
By Alain B. Burrese - Published on
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"The Safe Zone: A Kid's Guide to Personal Safety" by Donna Chaiet and Francine Russell is a very good book for kids, or those who have kids, and want solid advice on personal safety aimed at those still in school. I think both kids and their parents should read it, and then discuss the material and practice those things such as setting boundaries to reinforce learning.

This is not a book full of fighting techniques, but rather a book containing advice to help young people stay safe in a variety of situations. The first chapter starts with some basics such as awareness, listening to your gut, and using your voice. I also like that self-esteem was included.

Chapter two focuses on setting boundaries, and the third chapter goes into a person's body and unwanted touches. From there, bullies are addressed in chapter four, and some advice on staying safe at home is provided in chapter five. The sixth chapter focuses on safety away from home, and then in chapter seven some strategies for getting help are presented. Nearing the end, chapter eight defines what strangers really are along with four key safety rules, and the last chapter, chapter 9, deals with actually fighting back, which isn't the focus of this book but is something a child might have to do.

Throughout the book, there are questions asked about certain situations, and later a potential best responses are provided. Actual stories are also shared to help reinforce the lessons. Overall, I think this is a very good book and would benefit all children to read. (Parents too!) The focus of this book is on staying safe, not on fighting. As someone who also teaches personal safety and self-defense, this is the exact approach that should be taught first. I do believe it can be beneficial for children to learn more physical aspects of defending themselves than presented here, but the material in this book is more important and should be stressed first.

Being aware, setting boundaries, and not being an easy target are the first priorities for staying safe, and this book focuses on these very well and presents them so students can relate to them and learn them. As an instructor, this book provided material to make me better when teaching kids. As a parent, I'm going to have my daughter read this book and then discuss the chapters with her. I strongly recommend parents out there do the same.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of How To Protect Yourself By Developing A Fighter's Mindset and others.
excellent safety skills taught 8 Oct. 2009
By Nancy Stewart - Published on
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A great book for teaching kids general safety rules, how to avoid predators, and wise planning.
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