National Missing Child Awareness Month
"What is Mommy wearing?" "What is her name and number?" I had this talk again recently with my kids during a Mommy Cab Discussion and I will try to remember to do so often now that summer is here and we will be spending more time outside of the house. May 25th is National Missing Children's Day and the month of May is National Missing Child Awareness Month. I wanted to share a post I wrote for Jacksonville Moms Blog where I discussed tips on how to prevent your kids from getting lost and what you can teach them in case they do get lost. It is such a scary feeling to not know where your child is for even a fraction of a second. The results could be tragic like what happened to Etan Patz, the six-year-old who was abducted in 1979. His abduction is the reason we started observing National Missing Children's Day in 1983. Summer means more kids spend time outdoors so remember to Take 25 and talk about safety with your kids.
Take 25 Campaign
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children annually holds events on and around National Missing Children's Day to raise awareness of the threat of child abduction. They encourage parents, teachers and guardians to take 25 minutes to talk to kids about safety.
We started teaching our youngest, who is now three, to learn our names, phone number and address. We also taught our kids about who the right people were to give this information and not to give it out to everyone they meet.
Tips on How to Teach Kids About Safety
- Have them learn important information about you, the parents and the names of whoever they are going with in case you are not there (aunt, grandparents or friends' parents if they are going on a trip with them).
- Teach them who to ask in case they do get lost (store manager, other moms with kids, security/police officers, teachers).
- Teach them to stay by your side where you can see them and not to run off without telling anybody.
- Use words that will grab their attention and make them stop walking or running off like, "Red light" or "Statue." You can practice this with them so they become accustomed to it.
Things You Can Do to Be Prepared and to Help Prepare Your Child
- Keep your Child ID kit updated.
- Take a photo of your child on your cell phone before you leave your house so you can describe exactly what he is wearing.
- Wear the same colored-clothing that are bright if you are going to a busy area.
- Place wrist bands on your child if he is too young or has trouble remembering his personal information.
To see more ideas, visit the post at Jax Moms Blog.
We try to remember to have this talk with our kids every time we leave the house. This information will eventually stick with them and they will be more confident to get help and know what to do in case they are separated from you.
What are some tips you have that you teach your kids about being safe?
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