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Tips for Preventing Children from Being Kidnapped

Updated on August 14, 2013

Tips for Preventing Children from Being Kidnapped

18 tips for preventing children from being kidnapped, info on registered sex offenders web sites, photos of missing and found children, child safety products and more. All royalties from this lens are being donated to The Polly Klaas Foundation. This lens is also entered in the Squidoo's Summer Sunshine Award for Charity Contest where it has a chance to earn more money for The Polly Klass Foundation.

I am pleased to announce that this lens is a winner of the Summer Sunshine Award. As a result, Squidoo is donating $99 to the Polly Klaas Foundation. Thank you Squidoo!!

May 25th is National Missing Children's Day

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 National Missing Children's Day. Each administration since has honored this annual reminder to the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families and make child protection a national priority. National Missing Children's Day is a reminder to all parents and guardians of the need for high-quality photographs of their children for use in case of an emergency, and for the need for everyone to pay close attention to the posters and photographs of missing children.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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Charles B. Wang International Children's Building

699 Prince Street

Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3175

The United States of America

Phone: 703-224-2150

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Polly Klaas - Kidnapped from Her Own Home - Polly was murdered by her abductor.

18 Safety Tips

Many abductions are by someone the child knows so just warning your children to stay away from strangers is simply not enough. Teach your children, prepare them, and take steps to protect them so that you can keep them safe. Over 500,000 kids are missing each year. Do not let your precious child be one of them!

Here are 18 simple steps to help minimize the chances of your child being kidnapped.

Safety Tip #1

Teach your child the importance of never leaving home, the yard, school, and places like the baseball field without getting the permission of an adult first.

Safety Tip #2

Some children are abducted and taken to another state so be sure to teach your child their full name, address and phone number, including the area code.

Safety Tip #3

Teach your child how to dial a long distance phone number, and how to reach an operator by dialing 0.

Safety Tip #4

Talk to your child about 911. Teach your child how to dial local emergency numbers and the numbers to the police, a relative and a neighbor.

Safety Tip #5

Teach your child what to do in case you get separated while shopping or in other public places.

Keep your small child safe with a safety harness. Perfect for traveling, walking, and shopping all those places where you need to keep your little one extra close.

Safety Tip #6

Keep several up-to-date photos of your child, including one in your wallet in case you need them for instant identification. Have your small children wear an ID bracelet, especially when you go to places where there are large crowds...just in case you get separated.

Have You Seen These Children?

Safety Tip #7

If your child walks to school, do not allow them to walk alone. Use the buddy system.

Safety Tip #8

Place ID cards in your child's backpack or coat pocket. For small children, the ID card should have instructions on how to reach the parents in case the child gets lost or in case of emergencies. For older children, tape a few quarters to the ID card in case your child needs money to make a phone call.

Safety ID Cards from Zazzle. Click on any card to purchase.

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Safety Tip #9

Never leave your child unattended in public. Never leave your child unattended in a parked car, even if the car is locked.

Safety Tip #10

Teach your child to be leery of adults that ask them for directions or for help of any kind, like looking for a lost puppy.

Safety Tip #11

Instruct your child to not hide if someone is following them. Tell them to seek help immediately from the nearest home or store.

Safety Tip #12

Instruct your child to yell for help and to make as much noise as possible if they feel threatened or someone tries to abduct them.

This Personal Safety Alert System empowers and educates your child to be safe and secure. It is a personal safety alert system specially designed for a kid's lifestyle.This system features a 110 decibel emergency alarm a high intensity SOS light signal a safe & secure watchband parental alarm controls and a child ID label on the back of the watch. It includes three interchangeable faceplates that can be easily removed and changed a lightweight safety flashlight specially designed to snap right on the watch band and an educational safety DVD with a video segment entitled Smart Kids Safe Kids featuring renowned Child Safety Expert Bob Stuber. He walks parents through a quick set up of the watch. OnGuard combines a cool looking digital watch fun accessories and in the event of an emergency your child can easily activate a very loud high-decibel alarm that instantly lets everyone in the area know that they need help.

Some examples of emergency situations where a child would activate the alarm are:

If your the child is approached by a stranger.

If a bully is antagonizing a child and he or she feels uncomfortable.

If the child is injured and needs help.

If the child gets separated from the parent or guardian in a crowded mall or theme park.

If the child needs to ward off aggressive animals.

In addition to the safety features the OnGuard Kids Personal Safety Alert includes:

3 Interchangeable Faceplates.

Day/Date/Time Function

Reminder Alert

Large Backlit LCD

Low Battery Indicator (Batteries Included)

Safety Tip #13

Instruct your child to never ever answer the door when they are home alone, even if the person at the door says that they are a police officer. If the person at the door says that they are a police officer, teach your child how to verify this with the police department before opening the door.

Safety Tip #14

Instruct your child to never give their name and address out over the phone or the internet, and to never let anyone know that they are home alone.

Safety Tip #15

Instruct the day care center or school to never release your child to anyone but the child's parents. Put it in writing and give a copy to the school.

Safety Tip #16

Do not allow your child to wear clothing with their name on it. This allows an abductor to address your child directly.

Safety Tips #17 and #18

#17 If an adult is paying your child too much attention, find out why.

#18 If you child tells you that he or she does not want to be with a certain someone, find out why. Pay attention to your child's behavior and attitude towards the person.

Raising Safe Kids in an Unsafe World is a handbook to help parents understand, educate and protect their children from child abuse, molestation, bullying, date rape, violent kids and other forms of victimization. The personal safety education is also based on award-winning children's music, of which the lyrics and musical teaching are contained in the book.

Missing Children and Registered Sex Offender Web Sites

Visit the following sites to find lists of registered sex offenders in each state.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these very helpful Tips for Preventing Children from Being Kidnapped. This is really informative. ~Blessed~

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      6 years ago

      Your lens is very helpful to parents who are unaware of the possibilities of child abduction. Please continue your work. Great job.

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      6 years ago

      I am so very glad I have read your lens! I have two babies and it is never too early to learn everything you can on how to keep them safe. Plus, I have learned some new things that I would have never thought about! Great job!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm back with some good squid tidings :) **Blessed by a Squid-Angel and featured on Squid Angel Blessings by AJ**

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congratulations on the Sunshine award for this lens. Well done and presented. Simple, yet important tips that can save children's lives. God bless! :)

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      SafeCard LM 

      8 years ago

      Wow, congratulations for having the Sunshine award! You truly justified it. Your lens is one big step forward in ensuring the kids safety. I also learned new things especially how the photos on milk cartons began.I totally recommend your post to the parents out there to really secure their kids with the right information you have shared.

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      8 years ago

      @TopStyleTravel: AGREE so much! I have always been afraid of the kids sleepwalking.

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      8 years ago

      This lens is so timely. The little four year old girl, Alisa Maier, kidnapped from her front yard in Louisiana MO., shows that children cannot be without adult supervision. Even if they are left with another child. That simply was not enough to deter this abduction. Thankfully she has been found alive.

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      8 years ago

      Congrats on the Sunshine award! Invaluable information for parents and caregivers. Great info and tips here. Everyone should take notice since predators don't look a certain way, and certainly don't announce themselves. My tip for avoiding abduction of a child while the parents are sleeping or distracted is to install a home burglar alarm and lock all doors and windows at all times.

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting page. I remember once on vacation in Tunisia, the friend who went with me was so interested by stuff shown in stores that she forgot about her son (he was 5, blond, green eyes). I always take an eye on my own child and since mine was 18 months I surely looked after him. At one time, I saw a little blond boy going away with an old Tunisian man. Then I looked where my friend was and noticed she was still occupied with a china set and didn't pay attention to anything else.I looked for the boy and didn't see him. Therefore, I ran with my own little boy, after the old man and Wow! the little boy with this man was the son of my friend!I asked the old man if he was the father of this little boy, he said no, but it was his grandchild. Then I said that I wanted to present him the mother of the child and after a few minutes discussing with him, he accepted to give me the boy.The only answer my friend made was "you look after the kids too much! they aren't free with you".Five years later, my son went on a weekend at the home of my friend (she is his godmother) and on a visit in grottoes, she lost him... Luckily my son found the car and stayed there, waiting for his godmother. It was the last time my friend got my son at home alone.The lesson about it is that I'd rather look after kids and don't set them too free than having my child kidnapped right under my eyes...

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      Emily Tack 

      8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations are in order, and here they are! Great job! The best part will be, if parents read it, and take heed. To save the life of a child - what could be better!

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      8 years ago

      Great list of tips....I personally take safety tip #7 a step further and recommend that kids (even with a buddy) on their way to school should be accompanied by an adult. Like the harnesses you suggest....I cringe a bit when I see a kid at the mall that looks like they are literally on a dog leash. Big congrats on winning the Sunshine Award!

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      8 years ago

      Congrats with the Winning!

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      8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your Sunshine Award!

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      8 years ago

      Some good tips here. I am reminded of a case a couple of years ago, here in Wales, where a child was actually taken from her bath (on the ground floor). Bloke just walked in to the house and took her. She was found but had been abused.Congrats on your Summer Sunshine award! Angel blessed :-)

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      8 years ago

      Congrats on winning the sunshine award!

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations on winning the Sunshine Award with this most important and informative lens!

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations on your Sunshine Award! Well done!

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      8 years ago

      I saw child harnesses before and I thought they were ridiculous. I now see the importance of them and the lion backpack version looks really cool. Awesome lens and congrats on the winning sunshine award contest.

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Excellent lens. Congrats on your Award!

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations! Well done!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on a well deserved win today for you and Polly Klaas Foundation!

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      8 years ago

      Great advice here. I am always concerned when I see a child with his/her name on their shirts and hats and bags! Scary stuff! Congratulations on your Squidoo Sunshine Award!

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      8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Those bookbags with the big monogram on the back always bug me. A child would be so much more trusting of a person who calls their name from behind (and apparently really knows them), than someones who doesn't seem to know their name.

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations on being today's Sunshine Award winner! Both you and Polly Klaas Foundation have won $99 for your work.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful tips and information on such an essential subject. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and on my special charity awards lens charity-lenses-for-summer-sunshine-giveaway

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Some very good advice here that could help save a child from danger. Those harnesses look really fun too! Best of luck in the SSA!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great Tips to prevent kidnapping. Good Luck on the Contest. I am sending in a nomination and featuring this lens on my lens about the Squidoo Summer Sunshine Award Nominees.

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      8 years ago

      Outstanding Lens, thank you and good luck.PS I voted for you!

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      8 years ago

      Many thanks for adding me to this feature. Great source of info.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for featuring my Child's I.D. Card! What a terrific lens and a wealth of information for parents! Great job!

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens, very informative. 5*. Thanks for adding my unicorn children card. I'll be sending this link to my children.


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