Most of us grew up hearing the mantra “don’t talk to strangers…” so much so, that we find ourselves repeating it reflexively to our children. Yet the notion of “Stranger Danger” can, in fact, place your kids in even greater peril. Embedded within the concept of stranger danger, is the implication that strangers are to be feared and by contrast, those we know must therefore be safe. Yet all too often this is not the case. Further, if your child should become lost, knowing how to talk to strangers is one of the most vital survival skills they possess . In this course, a major point of instruction is knowing HOW to choose which strangers are safe.
The INPAX Kids InPower program teaches kids not to fear strangers, but rather to tune and to trust their own instincts.
- How to identify “strangeness” rather than strangers and how to listen to – and trust – their gut.
- What to do if someone touches them or tries to take them.
- What to do if they get lost or separated from their parents or group – what are safe areas, and how to immediately identify the safe strangers to approach for help.
Additionally, we teach you, the parent, how to reinforce the lessons they learn on an everyday basis. Nothing is a greater priority for parents than their kids’ safety – yet you cannot always be there to protect them and they must learn to make their own choices. The Kids’ INPOWER class empowers your children to remain safe when you aren’t there.
Meet the instructor
Katie (Cubby) Maloney
Katie (Cubby) Maloney is a Fitness and Defensive Tactics Instructor at INPAX Academy. Since she was a little girl, Katie has always had a passion for helping others find their inner warriors – whether it was through teaching a fitness class or just being there to listen and offer encouragement and support. When she was introduced to INPAX, Katie knew she found the perfect place that combined her love for fitness, self-defense and community.Originally from Chicago, Katie is a huge Cubs fan – hence the nickname “Cubby.” Katie moved to Pittsburgh to attend Chatham University and ended up loving the Steel City so much that she stayed after graduation. You may even see her wearing a Pirates hat – but only when the Cubs aren’t in town. When she’s not at INPAX, Katie loves acting and improv. She has been involved with many of the local productions, including Outsiders and Mindhunter, and even landed her first lead role in a feature film last year. Whether it’s through a new acting role, workout, or defensive tactics class, Katie loves taking on new challenges. She is excited to be a part of the INPAX family and is looking forward to growing with all of the company’s community members.