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Keeping children safe

When you hear the term "missing children" it often brings images of abduction. There are three types of abductions. Family abduction is by a relative, non-family abduction is when the abductor is known to the child, and stranger abduction which occurs mostly outdoors and is the most dangerous kind of kidnapping.

Missing and exploited children : how to protect your child
by Margaret C. Jasper.
[Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.] : Oceana Publications, c2006.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217).
     

Any age is the right age to teach children to protect themselves. When teaching your child safety consider their age and developmental level. Some safety tips you can teach them are:

  • Their first and last name, address and phone number with area code.
  • Define borders where your child can play.
  • If a stranger approaches your child, instruct them to yell as loud as possible.

Not knowing where your child is can be the worst feeling in the world for a parent. Time is a factor. After contacting friends and family and checking your child’s favorite hangouts with no child in sight, call your local law enforcement immediately, including the FBI.

A Child ID Kit should include:

Description of your child including hair & eye color, height & weight and distinguishing characteristics like wears eyeglasses or birth marks.

Color photo taken every 6 months.

Finger print card.

Child ID Kit

Once your child meets certain criteria law enforcement can issue an Amber Alert, in which they notify the radio and television to broadcast information about the kidnapping to the public. Even if you are out shopping most establishments participate using the Code Adam when a customer reports a missing child and they issue an alert over the public address system.

Statistically it is unlikely your child will ever end up missing. You can take precautionary measures such as teaching them safety and knowing what you should do.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff