Yes, I’m Angela Shelton and I played Safe Side Superchick in The Safe Side series created by Baby Einstein creator, Julie Clark and America’s Most Wanted’s John Walsh.
I got this job while I was editing my documentary Searching for Angela Shelton.
“I have a role that just came in that is perfect for you. I can’t think of anyone better to play this. You are just crazy enough to pull this off.” John Papsidera, casting director
I now am recognized by little kids in grocery stores, airplanes and even at the DMV. My personal favorite was when a 6-year-old came up to me at a restaurant and asked if she was Safe Side Superchick. When I did my trademark Safe Side laugh to confirm that it was indeed me – the young girl squealed and asked me if I would come be her show-and-tell at her school.
Of course, I could not resist that one!
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I still get recognized as Safe Side Superchick and I hear from parents all the time about how the safe side videos taught them and their children valuable lessons on safety.
After experiencing abuse myself as a child, it is an honor to be a part of preventing abuse of future children.
After seeing how kids respond so well to the safe side videos, I was inspired to help in another way – vocabulary – by creating a fantasy book series The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton to help teachers teach bigger vocabulary and concepts with a smart board friendly website.
Safe Side Superchick – Stranger Safety Clip
How do adults keep kids safe?
Want my opinion? Here it is!
- Be sure all adults around your children are educated about predators. Darkness to Light has a great program called Stewards of Children that teaches adults on how to recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is very affordable and can be taken online or taught in person by a facilitator. I urge any parent to be sure that ALL adults around your child have this training. It does not take up that much time and you are also doing a service to other parents by insisting that the teachers, coaches, bus drivers, Sunday school teachers etc etc are all trained.
- Don’t be afraid to be rude. This goes with the above actually but deserves its own number. Far too many times (mainly with women) the fear of being rude, obnoxious, or uptight can pop up when you insist that there are no sleep-over’s at little Johnny’s house for example or you will not place your kid in that daycare unless you can drop by unexpected. Forget being rude when it comes to your kid! It’s not rude. It’s actually rude for anyone to give you any lip about being sure your kids is safe. So there.
- Teach your kids to be outspoken! This is one of those times when the louder, the better. If you teach your kids to share their feelings, that they don’t “have to hug” every uncle Bob if they don’t want, and let them know that you listen to them – they are more apt to be honest with you and not hold in secrets – even when creepy uncle Bob told them they had to. But DO NOT put all the responsibility on the child to “tell” since most of the time, if some creepiness has begun, they would be “telling” on someone in or close to the family.
- Follow the guidelines of The Safe Side series - have a “Safe Side Adult List”.The Safe Side adult list is a great idea. But remember that just because someone is an adult DOES NOT mean they are safe. Don’t trust adults around your children just because they are adults. Predators spend a long time setting up the appearance of “good”.
- The only thing I differ on is sometimes the stranger (as in the social worker or police officer) is actually the safe adult when the abuse is happening in the family. That’s a whole other creepy factor that we talked about while shooting those videos – what if the “safe side adult list” is the abuser? UGH! That’s why you want ALL adults educated around your kid from grandma to the principal – because there will be more eyeballs watching and the creepo among them (sadly, there usually is one in there) will know that kid is being safety watched!