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Are you ready to be a superhero? Are you ready to make the world a better place for kids?

See if you can find the 7 ways to help. They're hidden in the cool images below!

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Check out the 7 cool ways you can be a Superstar for Prevention. You might be surprised by what you learn.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Be kind to all kids. 

    When you are kind, you help others feel good. You feel good, too. How do you show kindness to other kids?
  • Treat your brothers and sisters with respect. 

    Everyone needs respect. When we treat people with respect, we show them they matter. How do you show respect to your brothers and sisters?
  • Learn about abuse and neglect. 

    Most kids do not get abused or neglected, but some kids do. To learn more, ask an adult you trust to help you learn.
  • Be a Super Hero for Prevention.

    As a Prevention Super Hero, you can help stop abuse in lots of ways. Some kids have a special event at school. Some kids make posters. Some kids have a lemonade stand for a group that helps kids. What ways can you think of?
  • If you do not feel safe or are being hurt…

    If you do not feel safe sometimes, tell an adult you trust. If you don’t get help, talk to another adult. Keep trying until you get help. You matter!
  • If someone you know is not safe or is being hurt…

    If a kid is not safe, tell an adult you trust. If you don’t find help, talk to another adult. Keep trying until you find help. Thank you for being a good friend to someone who is hurting!
  • Remember – your body belongs to you!

Be a star.
It's cool to be kind.
Treat your brothers and sisters with respect.
Learn about abuse and neglect.
Stand up.
Speak your truth.
Always remember- your body belongs to you!
  • Be a star.

    There are tons of ways you can be a superstar for the prevention of child abuse. Organize a special event. Raise money for prevention. Be a positive role model. Speak out on behalf of people who’ve been abused. Talk with your friends, teachers, and community members. See what you all can do together to spread the word.
  • It's cool to be kind. 

    Everybody has struggles. Everybody has problems. Why make it worse for someone else? One act of kindness can change the world – especially for the person who needs it.

  • Treat your brothers and sisters with respect. 

    Believe it or not, abuse of siblings is all too common – hitting, making fun, hurting feelings. Everyone needs respect. Especially our family members.
  • Learn about abuse and neglect. 

    Most young people do not get abused or neglected, but too many do. To learn more, surf this site. Share it with your friends, so they can be informed too.
  • Stand up.

    If someone is unsafe, tell an adult you trust. If you don’t find help, talk to another adult. Keep trying until you find help. You can also make a child abuse report yourself. Your help could save a life.
  • Speak your truth.

    If you’re afraid, hurt, or unsafe, tell an adult you trust. If you don’t get help, talk to another adult. Keep trying until you get help. Your safety and well-being matter. So does your life.

  • Always remember – your body belongs to you.

    Nobody has a right to hurt you or touch you in a way you don’t like. Nobody.

What if we could reduce child abuse and neglect by 100%? What if every child could wake up nurtured and safe? What if the solutions were in our hands?

They are.

The goal of 0% child abuse is reachable, and these four solutions are doable now:

Personal Commitment
Access to Services
Caring Communities
Public Policies

Caring Communities

Any community can be a caring community – from neighborhoods, to schools, to families and other groups. At the heart of prevention, caring communities reduce family isolation, which is a major factor in childhood abuse and neglect. They reach out with compassion to stressed families and children, decreasing the negative effects of stress and helping neighbors connect to crucial support services.

Personal Commitment

A personal commitment to prevention involves putting the well-being of children – our children and all children – at the forefront of every decision. Individuals have a powerful capacity to mentor, support, and advocate for children in life-giving ways. At the same time, private decisions – in work, social, or personal life – can have unintended consequences that are damaging to children’s well-being. Setting our personal intention on prevention can increase our capacity to support children and their families in tangible ways.

Access to Services

Every North Dakota family needs full access to crucial services, including mental health support, treatment programs, parenting classes, and other supports. Increased stress in the family is a major predictor of childhood abuse and neglect, and support services play a central role in reducing these stressors and their effects. Because childhood abuse and neglect can be transmitted across generations, crucial services are also needed to interrupt the cycle, reduce the effects of trauma, and promote healing. Such services make a difference for families today and into the future, fostering resilience in families across generations.

Public Policies

In the form of laws, ordinances, and standards, public policies at all levels can help families and children live up to their full potential. Like a well-made quilt, good public policies help connect individual and community efforts to a broader fabric. These policies enhance the larger systems that not only prevent child abuse and increase protective factors, but create conditions in which every family can thrive.

"Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have profound effects on the lifelong health of adults," says the North Dakota Department of Health. ACEs include socioeconomic hardship, living with a person who has a drug or alcohol problem, witnessing domestic violence, and other challenges.

A recent National Survey of Children’s Health provides data on nine ACEs among U.S. children. According to the survey, nearly half of North Dakota children age 0 through 17 have experienced one or more ACEs. This translates into an estimated 65,000 children in North Dakota. In addition, 1 of every 5 North Dakota children has experienced two or more ACEs. More information is available through the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health.

"Today I live." – Lenny

"She was always with me during those times." – Lynn

"The only way from here to here is through it." – Troy

"Figuring out how to help others survive is part of being a survivor." – Rhonda

"I can’t stress it enough. Please do not give up." – Michaela

This short film, featuring the hope-filled voices of survivors of childhood abuse, is ideal for classroom, workshop, therapeutic, and personal viewing. Vetted by diverse audiences across North Dakota, it is available now for free download. The directors welcome you to show the film free of charge in any setting that will help prevent child abuse and neglect. Many thanks to Karen Van Fossan (film director), Ronya Hoblit (assistant director), and all who made the film possible.

Read the illustrated book, "Authentic Voices: How We Survive," written by North Dakota authors, now.

If you're concerned that a child is being neglected or abused, it is critical that you make a report to the police or social services. Children who are experiencing abuse or neglect need support from trained adults. You can make an anonymous report through the North Dakota Child Protection Program website.