The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program is a national parent education program designed by the American Psychological Association as a childhood safety and primary violence prevention initiative.
The mission of the Adults and Children Together Raising Safe Kids (ACT-RSK), a national evidence-based program, is to educate parents and caregivers of young children ages 0-10 about positive, effective parenting in order to strengthen families and create a safe and healthy environment that prevents child maltreatment. The program is led by a certified ACT facilitator.
The ACT-RSK curriculum is based on three foundations:
1. The early years of life are a critical time in development when children are learning basic skills that have long-term effects on their lives.
2. Parents and caregivers can be the best providers of role modeling.
3. Exposure to maltreatment early in life can have serious and long-lasting impacts on emotional, cognitive, behavioral and physical development.
Topics Covered in the Nine-Week Curriculum:
• Understanding Your Child’s Behaviors
• Understanding Exposure to Violence
• Understanding and Controlling Parents’ Anger
• Understanding and Helping Angry Children
• Children and Electronic Media
• Discipline and Parenting Styles
• Discipline for Positive Behaviors
• Keeping the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program With You
Parents and Caregivers Learn:
• To connect with other parents and engage in discussions about how to help their child(ren) process exposures to media violence and conflicts.
• What children are capable of understanding and doing at different ages.
• The roots and consequences of conflict in children’s lives.
• How child development is affected by conflict.
• Positive conflict resolution approaches for children.
• How to discipline versus punish children.
• Early conflict prevention skills including: anger management, social-problem solving, media literacy, media literacy: the impact of TV video and computer games on young children.