year almost 1.8 million children are reported missing.Some
are found and returned, others return home on their own.
some children are never found.
When a child is reported missing it devastates their family.
When people hear about kids in their community reported
as being abducted or even the attempted kidnapping of a
child it hurts!
can be kidnapped by strangers, by a family member or a caregiver.
The most common form of kidnapping is when the kidnapper
is a parent or guardian, and where most victims are not
physically harmed. The Internet has become the "electronic
stranger" whereby victims, usually teens, are lured
into meeting with someone they've met on the Internet.
FBI has initiated a program called Innocent Images to deal
with Internet-related crimes including kidnapping.
FBI office throughout the country has two Special Agents
assigned to investigate crimes against children.
The FBI has assigned a Supervisory Special Agent to the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which
has established a web site for information concerning
criminal acts again"st children at
http://www.missingkids.com or you can phone
you suspect a kidnapping has occurred, please contact
your local police department immediately. They will be
the first to respond to a possible kidnapping, when the
first 24-48 hours after the person is missing are so crucial.
many missing children are missing at the hands of pedophiles.
Pedophiles are sexually attracted to children, mostly
in their adolescence. Pedophiles always look for opportunities
to be near and around children.
common victim profile of a pedophile is:
. Kids with mental and physical
. Unloved, unwanted kids
. Kids who have been abused
. Kids of single parent families
. Kids whose parents are
. Kids with low self esteem
. Kids who are poor achievers
NEVER ASSUME THAT YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ABDUCTED,
ABUSED OR EXPLOITED
Parents Can Do ...
.Know where your child is at
your child fingerprinted and have their DNA information.
Keep it in your wallet where you can find it in a hurry.
keep a current (yearly) photograph of your child with current
height and weight.
a passport for your child. This must be done by both parents,
unless the child comes from a single parent family.
who your child's friends are, their parents, address and
leave your child unattended (i.e. shopping malls, a car,
your child how to use 911 and "0".
sure your child knows their full names (and yours), phone
number, area code, and address, including city and state.
you're separated or divorced, let your child's caregivers
know about visitation rights, and whether or not your ex-spouse
is allowed to pick up the child.
everything your child tells you seriously.
should know that a stranger is any adult they don't know
well. Even someone they see every day, like a neighbor or
bus driver, can be a stranger. This doesn't mean all strangers
are bad. It just means a child shouldn't be alone with them.
and rehearse scenarios with your child.
them what to do if they get lost.
.Abductors use many lures to
attract children: They may ask for help, like asking for
directions or finding a lost pet. Teach your child that
adults never ask kids for help or directions. Adults should
ask other adults for help, not them. If a stranger asks
for help, they should say no and stay away from them. Strangers
may offer gifts, such as candy, money, jobs, or lure them
with a pet or a toy. Teach your child to never accept gifts
from a stranger.
may pretend to be an authority figure, such as a police
officer or a clergyman. Uniforms are easy to get. If a person
in a uniform of authority approaches your child, teach them
that they should ask another adult to help them.
may create an emergency by saying something like; "your
parents are hurt, I came to take you to the hospital."
Tell your child this would never happen.
lot of kids are abducted on their way to and from school
or the park. A child alone is an easy target. Teach kids
to walk and play together and to watch out for each other.
.Teach your child that no one
has the right to touch them or make them feel uncomfortable.
Explain to young kids that the area their bathing suit covers,
are their parts of their body "private parts"
and that the no one has the right that the area their bathing
suit covers, are their parts of their body "private
parts" and that the no one has the right to touch them
them that if any of these situations occur, they should
tell you immediately ... and never be afraid to tell you
- even if someone has threatened them 'not to tell.'
your child that if they're ever lost or abducted, you will
always love them and will look for them until you find them,
no matter what. This is crucial! Most abductors tell kids
that their parents don't want them anymore. If kids believe
this, they don't have anywhere else to go.
must know that you want them to come home.
these points to your child regularly.
leave a small child alone at home or in a car.
sure your child knows his or her full name, address and
sure your child know where you work, and that telephone
your child's friends and where they live.
your child about strangers. Tell him or her to never talk,
take candy, or go with a stranger without your consent.
sure your child knows never to get into a stranger's car.
.Tell your child that if approached
by a stranger, run and scream.
children self-protective skills isn't just taking them to
karate class. Parents can help children by encouraging them
to trust their own instincts. If children are approached
by someone and they sense danger, it is important that they
pay attention to these feelings and let themselves be guided
by them. Sensing danger and getting away as fast as possible
can save a child's life. Children can learn self-protective
skills that they can use throughout their lives.
teaching children how to defend themselves, you acknowledge
that you will not always be around to protect them. Handle
this delicately - especially with younger children. One
way is to tell kids that by learning these skills, they're
a part of a safety team in the family and neighborhood.
This makes them feel they're doing their part as members
of a team of people who care about them. Refer to stories
of kids in the newspaper and on TV, who saved the lives
of siblings or friends or neighbors by knowing how to call
everyone agrees on self-defense programs for kids - feeling
that some children might try to beat up an adult aggressor.
They question whether a child fighting to get away could
provoke a kidnapper to more violence. Parents should stress
that getting away and calling for help are the children's
primary defenses. While karate or other martial arts may
help develop physical strength and self-confidence, make
sure that your children do not overestimate their abilities.
It's impossible to give children rules for every possible
danger. Focus on a few simple skills.
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