Parents Presentation Take 25, a campaign of the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children • The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), is a private, nonprofit organization. The mission of the organization is to serve as the nation’s resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children.
The Issue of Missing Children Nearly 800,000 children are reported to law enforcement missing each year More than 2,000 children per day • 200,000 Family Abductions • 58,200 Non-family Abductions https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/196465.pdf
Attempted Abduction Communicating the Importance of Child Safety
Attempted Abduction • 69% of victims are female • 41 % are between the ages of 10-14 • 35% occur while a child is walking to/from school, the school bus or riding a bicycle • 35% occur between the hours of 2pm through 7pm on a weekday • 96% of the suspects are male, and 48% are white • 72 % involve a vehicle January 2012
TheGood News Of the confirmed incidents… • 53% walked or ran away from the suspect and had no physical contact • 19% involved either a Good Samaritan or parent becoming involving in rescuing the child • 28% reported some type of reaction such as yelling, kicking, pulling away, or otherwise attracting attention
With a focus on prevention, the Take 25 Campaign encourages parents, guardians, and other role models to spend 25 minutes talking to kids about ways to be safer.
Everyday Opportunities • When talking to kids about safety, it’s important to reassure them—not scare them. That means communicating in a positive way that promotes good choices, builds confidence and self esteem. • Be Prepared • Consider your child’s age • Seize opportunities • Be open • Have fun
Campaign Resources • Bookmarks • Child ID Kits • Safety Tips • Conversation Starters
At Home • Instruct children to keep the doors locked and not to open doors to talk to anyone when they are home alone. • Choose babysitters with care. • Teach children their full name, address, and home telephone number. • Make sure children know how to reach you at work. • Teach children how and when to use 911.
Going To and From School • Walk or drive the route to and from school with children talking about safety. • Caution children never to accept a ride from anyone unless you have told them it is okay to do so in each instance.
Out and About • Teach children how to locate help in public places. • Help children learn to recognize and avoid potential risks, so that they can deal with them if they happen. • Remind children not to walk or play alone outside.
On the Net NetSmartz.org • Activities • Discussion Starters • Games • Read about the Issues • Safety Pledges • Tip Sheets • Videos • Place the family computer in a common area, rather than a child’s bedroom. • Know what other access children have to the Internet at school, libraries, or friends’ homes. • Visit www.NetSmartz.org for more information about Internet safety.
Become familiar with the issues • Maintain open lines of • communication • Share NCMEC’s • resources & programs • within your community Get Involved! • “Like” us on Facebook and stay informed
Take the Challenge! • Make children a priority by pledging just 25 minutes to talk to a child about safety. • Visit http://www.take25.org/HoursChallenge to get started!
Host a Take 25 Event • To host a Take 25 Event • Register your event • Request or download free resources • Provide Take 25 resources to parents and children Visit www.take25.org for more information
www.Take25.org www.NetSmartz.org www.missingkids.com