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Go Ask Mom

Triangle mom launches website on child advocacy, personal safety

Posted March 22, 2011

I wanted to share that local mom Amy Tiemann, the author of a couple of books who has been working on child safety issues, has launched a new website with colleague Irene van der Zande. aims to educate parents and others adults about child safety at all levels of society. The two tackle everything from school bullying to the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church to decisions schools or youth sports leagues, for instance, can make to put child safety first. They seek to provide positive tools for addressing safety problems.

You might remember me writing about Tiemann before when she spoke about child safety at a north Raleigh school recently and when she launched her book "Courageous Parents, Confident Kids: Letting Go So You Both Can Grow."

Van der Zande collaborated with Tiemann on that book last year. She is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, which offers programs and support for parents and kids about personal safety skills. Tiemann is North Carolina director of Kidpower.

“There is a social movement for change from the grassroots up to the highest levels of leadership. We have reached a tipping point in favor of advocacy to prevent bullying, and other forms of abuse and safety problems, and to teach children safety skills and how to ask adults for help. It is up to each of us as adults to ask how we can support kids and teens to create environments where everybody feels safe,” Tiemann says in a release about the site launch.

Check the site out for yourself at

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  • bethmessersmith Mar 28, 2011

    What a great resource! Thanks, Amy, for putting this together, and Sarah for letting us know about it!