Independence vs. Safety: A Delicate Balancing Act For Kids and Parents

June 17, 2010
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

If you have young children, what are the scariest decisions you'll ever have to make? Perhaps, those decisions that involve balancing your children's' independence with precautions for their personal safety and well being. This week, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone interviews Irene van der Zande, co-founder of the worldwide Kidpower self defense organization, who says reasonable precautions and self defense skills provide children with the tools to grow up independent and sane. Plus she's got great tips for parents on what to teach your children about personal safety. Our True Crime Report features Edgar award-winning author Burl Barer, who blogs on the InColdBlog site. We're talking about his book, Mom Said Kill, the horrifying true story of how a bizarre and twisted mother turned her children and their friends into stone cold killers -- and then rewarded them for their crime. Then we’ll try to "Catch a Criminal" for the Greater Boise Area Crime Stoppers.

Crime Prevention 101

Crime Prevention 101

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Welcome to Crime Prevention 101, the Personal Safety radio show with an optimistic perspective on a sober subject. Get set for personal safety stories that demand to be heard whether heartbreaking, infuriating or just plain weird; learn about hot crime topics and people who are making the headlines; and find out about the trends and legal developments that are going to impact your life, either positively or negatively, in the future. Most importantly, be empowered and inspired by success stories about people who've fought off an attacker or deterred a crime. You’ll also get a chance to address your own personal safety concerns, either by phone or e-mail. So, tune in to “Crime Prevention 101.” It'd be a crime not to listen!

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Susan Bartelstone

Susan Bartelstone

Talking the talk because she's walked the walk! Years ago, Susan Bartelstone had a bad break-up with a guy, complete with physical and emotional bruises, and determined to learn how to protect herself. Today, she's a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and personal safety expert, with 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts. Along the way, she deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought her way out of a surprise attack and, for more than 18 years, from such organizations as American Express, the U.S. Post Office and the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York.. Author of Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime: How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which is based on her own experiences, she’s been featured in a long and varied list of media, including the “Today Show,” “America’s Most Wanted” and Self Magazine.

Over the years, she’s helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas with her personal safety programs and her practical advice—which stresses the many opportunities you have to avoid or defuse a criminal encounter and how to use your brains instead of your muscles in a fight.

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