As the kids head back to school, it’s important to make sure they are safe.
The majority of child abductions occur when the child is traveling to or from school between 2 and 7 p.m., according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
The Justice Network is working with NCMEC to help give parents peace of mind and kids a boost of confidence with six back-to-school safety tips.
“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,” said John Walsh, spokesperson and on-air talent for the Justice Network. “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.”
- 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 name tags.
According to NCMEC, the five most common lures used by would-be abductors are:
- Offering the child a ride
- Offering the child candy/sweets
- Asking the child questions
- Offering the child money
- Using an animal (offering, looking for, or showing)
Teaching children about safety really makes a difference. Families should watch this video on school safety with their children so they know ways to be safe ahead of time.
For details visit the NCMEC website.