What is POP?

The Power Over Predators program is an evidence-based training developed over 15 years of research and interaction with youth.

  • Five on-demand modules, designed for grades 5-12
  • Includes CASEL’s core competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making
  • Incorporates the eight key Department of Health and Human Services Positive Youth Development standards
  • Achieves Federal Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements
  • Meets requirements for Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention Act of 2018


Learning Objectives

Your Goals Matter

Students will be able to:

  • develop goal-setting skills and long-term goals
  • recognize distractions and ways to stay on track
  • describe types of abuse and signs of abusive relationships

Your Relationships Matter

Students will be able to:

  • determine whether they are in a healthy relationship
  • develop healthy relationships
  • develop skills to get out of unhealthy relationships

Your Story Matters

Students will be able to:

  • identify what makes them vulnerable
  • understand the tactics of predators
  • determine steps to avoid or stop exploitation

Your Brain Matters

Students will be able to:

  • identify how predators use the Internet to trap them
  • recognize the dangers and consequences of harmful images online, such as pornography and sexting
  • determine steps to take to be smart and safe online

Your Life Matters

Students will be able to:

  • identify the warning signs of suicide and the behaviors that increase its threat
  • understand the consequences of bullying and cyberbullying
  • develop practical skills for avoiding suicide and bullying, and to get help
  • know they are priceless


Why POP?

Youth need practical skills to protect themselves.

  • 88% of Sex trafficking cases are Internet-based – Federal Human Trafficking Report
  • Sextortion is by far the most significantly growing threat to children – Justice Department
  • Children who are bullied in-person and online are 11 times more likely to attempt suicide – Cyberbullying Research Center
  • Teens who sext – 42% by age 14 – are 5 times more likely to attempt suicide – National Center on Sexual Exploitation
  • 90% of children ages 8-17 have been exposed to harmful images online  – Internet Statistics/Guardchild
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-25 – CDC