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Child Safety 

Widespread media attention on the recent cases of child abductions in Florida have raised awareness of the very real threat to children's safety through abduction.  According to the FBI's National Crime Information Center, more than 840,000 children were reported missing in the United States in 2001.  There are, however, measures that parents can take to keep their children safe.

There are many websites that offer safety tips that can aid you and your children in learning how to prevent child abduction.  These are a few that we consider to have excellent information.



Below are some of the tips offered by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

  • Parents and children should agree on a simple code word for emergency situations.  A trusted adult who knows the code word can pick up your child, and your child knows it's okay to go with them.

  • Parents need to provide contact information to their children: phone numbers where they can be reached, including home, office and cell numbers.

  • Parents should make sure that their children remember their own name, address and phone number.

  • Teach your children not to accept rides and gifts from strangers.  Tell them it's okay to say no.

  • Teach your child to get permission before getting a ride or going anywhere with someone.

  • Have a plan in case your child gets separated from you in public.

  • Teach your child to stay in groups when going anywhere (friends).


The Dignity Memorial Escape School website also offers these Tips to Teach Children:

  • Never answer the door.  Whether home alone or with another adult, a young child is no match for someone trying to gain entry into the home or abduct the child from the entryway. 

  • Never go into other people's houses without letting a parent know where they are.

  • Never get into anyone's car without a parent's permission.

  • Never play in deserted buildings or isolated buildings.

  • Move away from a car that pulls up beside them if they do not know the driver.  Run in the opposite direction the car is driving.  Remember, get away!





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