_Child Safety Tips to Prevent Abductions
- Teach your children their full names, addresses and phone numbers.
- Teach your children how to make a long distance call (both directly to you using the area code and by dialing "0" for the operator).
- Know your neighbors and your child's friends, including their names, addresses and telephone numbers.
- Know the routes your child takes to and from school, friends' homes and other activities.
- Be involved in your child's activities by volunteering at school, clubs, and sporting events - participate in a neighborhood watch program.
- Before leaving your child in the care of a day-care, pre-school, baby sitter, or youth organization, check their references and qualifications. Ask if criminal background checks are conducted before new staff members are hired.
- Write your police chief, sheriff and other elected officials, in support of the Amber Alert Plan, police missing person programs, and other child safety efforts; write the general managers of your local radio and TV stations in support of the Amber Alert Plan and the Emergency Alert System.
- Review the web sites of Missing Child Organizations for volunteer opportunities, such as e-mailing or distributing posters of missing children.
- Teach your child what to do if approached by a stranger. Common uses are offering a ride, gifts or candy, asking the child to help them look for a lost dog or cat, or claiming that the child's parent has asked them to bring the child home because of an emergency.
- Listen to your child; don't disregard their fears. Instead, let them know that you take their fears and concerns seriously.