Just in time for back to school, I’m happy to share these valuable safety tips every parent and child should know, brought to you by John Walsh, spokesperson and on-air talent for the Justice Network and courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). These tips will give parents peace of mind and kids a boost of confidence!
Here’s a fact: According to NCMEC’s analysis of more than 10,000 abduction attempts, the majority of child abductions occur when the child is traveling to or from school between 2 pm and 7 pm. Very alarming, isn’t it?
“Going back to school can be both exciting and stressful. It’s also a time to be vigilant, with the majority of child abductions taking place to and from school or a school-related activity. The Justice Network and NCMEC are working hard to keep children safe and every parent and child can do their part by following these simple safety steps,” said Walsh. You’ll want to make sure they are safe on the internet and can’t access adult content.
- Walk or drive the route to and from school with children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they need help.
- Remind children not to play alone outside, to take a friend whenever they walk or bike to school and to stay with a group when going on outings.
- Caution children never to accept a ride from anyone unless you have told them it is OK to do so in each instance.
- Teach children to check in with you if there is a change of plans.
- Establish a central, easy-to-locate spot during family outings to meet should you get separated.
- Teach children how to locate help in public places. Identify people they can ask for help such as uniformed law enforcement/security guards and store clerks with nametags.
About The Justice Network:
The Justice Network (http://www.justicenetworktv.com/) is a 24/7 broadcast television network that entertains and informs its viewers with gripping crime and investigation programming while making communities safer through its unprecedented public service commitment. Working in partnership with Crime Stoppers USA, NCMEC, US Marshals Service, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies, the Justice Network dedicates 90 seconds to public service every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This includes spots for most wanted fugitives, missing children, and safety tips. Since the launch in January, 19 missing children featured on air have been recovered and 31 most-wanted fugitives featured on air have been apprehended.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. Authorized by Congress to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on these issues, NCMEC operates a hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), and has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 211,000 children. NCMEC also operates the CyberTipline, a mechanism for reporting child pornography, child sex trafficking and other forms of child sexual exploitation. Since the tip line launched in 1998, more than 5.4 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been received, and since the NCMEC’s Child Victim Identification Program was created in 2002 more than 147 million suspected child pornography images have been reviewed and analyzed. NCMEC works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCME visit missingkids.org. Follow NCMEC on Twitter and Instagram and like NCMEC on Facebook.
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