Abduction and Harm – Prevention Tips for Parents and Guardians
Many parents and guardians feel they are faced with new and unprecedented challenges when trying to keep their children safer in today’s fast-paced society. To help minimize risks to your younger children, they should be supervised by you or another trusted adult, a person you have come to rely on and with whom you and your children feel comfortable.
Parents and guardians should teach older children how to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations. You should not expect your children to rely solely on their judgment about people, even if the person is someone known to you or your family.
It is also important not to confuse children with the concept of “strangers.” They do not have the same understanding of who a stranger is as an adult might. The “stranger-danger” message is not effective, as danger to children is often much greater from someone they or you know.
No matter whom the person is, whether known or unknown, the important message to teach children is to get out of potentially dangerous situations as quickly as possible.
Nominations for the 2013 National Missing and Exploited Children’s Law Enforcement Awards
The National Missing and Exploited Children's Awards are held annually on or near May 25 — National Missing Children’s Day. The ceremony, hosted by the National Center, is held in partnership with the Fraternal Order of Police and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Since the first ceremony in 1996, we have honored 193 outstanding law-enforcement officers.
United States law-enforcement agencies of all sizes and jurisdictions may be considered by submitting nominations for an officer or non law-enforcement personnel who have performed above and beyond the call of duty in safely recovering a missing child or successfully resolving a complex child sexual exploitation investigation.
The 2013 ceremony will take place in May in Washington, DC.
Support NCMEC by Shopping Through Socialvest
What if you could multiply your giving to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children by doing something you already do every day? Well now you can, thanks to our new partnership with Socialvest! Socialvest allows you to shop online with hundreds of retailers (including Amazon, Nordstrom, Best Buy, Expedia and Saks) and earn a percentage of every dollar you spend back for the National Center with each purchase.
How To Get Started:
1. Sign up: Create a free account here:https://www.socialvest.us/ncmec. Once you’ve signed up your Socialvest earnings will automatically be donated to us every month.
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3. Earn and Give: Each Socialvest retailer gives back anywhere between 1-35% of the total purchase amount at no additional cost to you. Once you’ve made a purchase your giving dollars will automatically be donated to the National Center. You can keep track of the impact you have on your Socialvest account page.
Thank you for supporting the National Center by doing something you already do – shop online!
Child Pornography Suspect Arrested; Child Rescued
On Feb. 26, 2012, the CyberTipline received five reports from a registered Electronic Service Provider (ESP) regarding a user who had reportedly emailed sexually abusive images of pre-pubescent children to another individual using their service. The ESP provided information, including an email address, screen name, and zip code associated with the reported suspect. An Exploited Children Division analyst quickly traced the reported zip code to a location in Connecticut. Through extensive online searches of the reported email address, she found an online profile containing important clues.
The Importance of Having a Good Photo of Your Child
One of the most important tools for law enforcement to use in the case of a missing child is an up-to-date, good-quality photograph. The National Center recommends parents and guardians keep current child identification information on hand and offers the following tips when taking a photograph of your child.Read more...
YOU Make a Difference
Make a Gift to the National Center this Holiday Season
The generosity of our donors helps law enforcement have the tools they need to close cases and catch predators before they victimize our kids. Your support gives children the skills they need to protect themselves as they grow. And, most of all, your gifts help bring missing kids home. Please continue to keep hope alive by considering a gift to the Nation Center this holiday season.
Or give a donation in honor of a friend instead of sending them a traditional gift! When you donatethrough our website, and provide the contact information for the person you would like to be notified of your gift, we will send a note card letting them know of your generosity on their behalf. You can also call our Development Department at 866-411-KIDS to make a donation.
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