“STAY BACK, YOU’RE NOT MY DAD!”
“STAY BACK, YOU’RE NOT MY MOM!”
by Dena Hoff
If you hear a child yelling these words and see them in a defensive radKIDS stance, help them! You have encountered a radKIDS graduate.
Resisting Aggression Defensively, radKIDS, Inc. is the national leader in children’s safety. It is a national empowerment program taught locally to children from the age of five until their thirteenth birthday. There are currently four local instructors, Rod Frieling, Dena Hoff, Kimberly Thurston, and Duane Thurston. In 2007, each instructor attended a class in Las Vegas where they had to pass a simulation with an instructor in the redman suit. This is the same simulation the children participate in during the program.
The radKIDS instructors believe every child is entitled to a realistic and empowering safety education. It is the right of every child in our community to have choices and options when faced with some of the realities of violence in our society. The only way for this to occur is through education, since children only know what they can observe and learn. The radKIDS class shows the children many different types of safety and the proper use of 911 calls. The program aims to teach children how to feel empowered by using some or all of the realistic defenses against abduction, harm, or assault they learn in class. They are taught that no one has the right to hurt you by bullying or sexual abuse. Children learn not to be afraid, but to hit hard, run fast, and tell a trusted adult. Instructors have heard reports of students using their radKIDS skills when taught once over the summer. The instructors believe the radKIDS class is one that children need to repeat whenever possible. Repetition helps prepare them for emergencies. On the last day of class, the parents are invited to attend. They can watch their child use some of the defensive moves in the abduction simulation with the redman. The child receives a graduation certificate with their picture and fingerprint. This certificate enables the child to attend any radKIDS class in America for free. It can also be used by the parent if the child is missing or abducted.
A radKIDS class will be taught August first through the fourth, from 1:00 P.M. until 3:30 P.M. at 100 N. Arrowhead, Mesquite, Nevada. A child must be able to attend the complete class which consists of a total of 10 hours. If they miss one class, they are out of the program. There is no charge for the class. Children not enrolled in the class will not be allowed in the building.
Donations for the maintenance and upkeep of equipment to be used for future classes are welcomed.
We would like to say a special thank you to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the use of their facility.
Please register at the following address: vvradKIDS@gmail.com by leaving the name of the student, age, parent’s name and phone number or call