Child abduction prevention starts with knowing the statistics on child abduction. The United States Justice Department revealed some unsettling facts: an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing every year in the United States. That amounts to roughly 2,200 each day. Fortunately, the vast majority of children are located quickly.
May 25, 2011 was National Missing Children’s Day. The day serves to remember the children that are still missing, and in their honor, stress the importance of making child protection a national priority. Law enforcement officers from across Central Florida gathered in downtown Orlando on Wednesday to promote the campaign called “Take 25.” The campaign encourages parents to spend 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety from abductions. Listed below, are a few of the 25 safety tips that officials distributed to parents at the event. To view the complete list, see Law enforcement leaders gather to promote child safety campaign.
* Teach your children their full names, address, and home telephone number.
* Make sure your children know how to reach you at work or on your cell phone.
* Instruct children to keep the door locked and not to open the door to talk to anyone when they are home alone.
* Encourage your children to tell you if anything they encounter online makes them feel sad, scared, or confused.
* Remind kids to take a friend whenever they walk or bike to school.
* Caution children never to accept a ride from anyone unless you have told them it is OK to do so in each instance.
Nothing is more important to parents than the safety and welfare of their children. When a child disappears, it is critical for parents to know what resources are available to them for help. Law enforcement officers, agencies that specialize in missing children abductions, family members, and neighbors are just a few people that will do anything to help a parent find a missing child. When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, provided by the United States Department of Justice is also a resource that provides firsthand knowledge and advice about what to do in the unfortunate event that your child goes missing.