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Keeping Children Safe

Discussion in 'Staying Safe - Crime Prevention' started by Imamazed, May 16, 2015.

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  1. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Keeping Children Safe
    From the Polly Klaas Foundation
    Since you can't always be with your kids, it's important to teach them how to find help and keep themselves safe.
    Most importantly, you need to do this in a way that doesn't scare yourself or your children. Instead, you want to build your children's self-confidence. Your kids will feel safer when they can confidently recognize dangerous situations and respond immediately.
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  3. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Preventing Abductions

    Whenever the evening news brings the story of a kidnapped child or teen, the terrifying prospect of abduction fills the minds of parents everywhere. But it's important to remember that most kids pass through childhood safely.

    One of the challenges of being a parent is teaching your kids to be cautious without filling them with fear or anxiety. Although some dangers do exist, you lessen the chances that your child will be abducted.
    The Reality of Child Abductions

    The circumstances surrounding child abduction are often quite different from the way they're shown in TV shows and movies.

    Here are some of the realities of child abduction:

    Most kids who are reported missing have run away or there has been a misunderstanding with their parents about where they were supposed to be.
    Of the kids and teens who are truly abducted, most are taken by a family member or an acquaintance; 25% of kids are taken by strangers.
    Almost all kids kidnapped by strangers are taken by men, and about two thirds of stranger abductions involve female children.
    Most abducted kids are in their teens.
    Kids are rarely abducted from school grounds. More...

  4. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member


    The four main rules of KidSmartz are:

    • Always take a friend — there's safety in numbers
    • Always check first — don't believe an adult who says a parent has sent them
    • Make sure kids have the ability to tell people no and know it's OK to say no – when they feel uncomfortable, unsure or scared.
    • Know who to go to – go over a list of trusted adults with the child. KidSmartz suggests changing the "Stranger Danger" message. Sometimes children need to go to an adult for help. The organization recommends telling your child to seek out a police officer, store worker with a nametag or a parent with a child.
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  5. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Kid Smartz

    KidSmartz is a child safety program that educates families about preventing abduction and empowers kids in grades K-5 to practice safer behaviors. This program offers resources to help parents, caregivers, and teachers protect kids by teaching and practicing the 4 Rules of Personal Safety using tips, printable activities, quizzes, articles, music, videos, and more.

    KidSmartz is brought to you by the Got 2B Safe! program, created by the child safety experts at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® in partnership with Honeywell.
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