From the NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN (NCMEC): Four Ways you can take part in Missing Children’s Day 2015:
ONE: SHARE A POSTER
On National Missing Children’s Day this year, can you take a moment to share the poster of a missing child in your state? Just one small act can bring a child home safe. Sharing a child’s image is law enforcement’s single most effective tool in recovering missing children.
TWO: KNOW WHAT TO DO
Know what to do if your child goes missing. Create a child ID kit for each of your children and update it at least once a year.
THREE: TALK TO YOUR KIDS
Know what to tell your children about child abduction. Simply teaching your children about “stranger danger” may leave them vulnerable to other forms of child abduction. According to NCMEC’s research, teaching our children to avoid strangers is not enough. We must also teach them how to recognize and respond to risky situations. In fact, 83% of children who escaped their would-be abductors kicked, yelled and pulled away to escape.
Read more parent tips on http://www.kidsmartz.org/ to make sure your children are prepared.
FOUR: TEACH YOUR KIDS ONLINE SAFETY
More children age 12-17 are online and on mobile devices than any generation before. This poses a unique challenge for parents to ensure the safety of their children from online threats. NCMEC’s NetSmartz program provides tips and discussion topics for parents to teach their kids how to responsibly and safely use digital citizenship. There are also sections for teachers and law makers, as well as cartoons and comics for kids and teens. http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents
No matter how you get involved with Missing Children’s Day this year make sure you’re doing something in the fight to #KeepKidsSafe. And remember, one small act can bring a child home safe.
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