Why should we fingerprint our children?
450,000 children run away each year!
300,000 children are abducted each year by family members.
More than 58,000 children are abducted every year by non-family members.
That's more than 800,000 children in America missing each year - one child every 40 seconds, less than two percent of parents had a copy of their child's fingerprints to use in case of an emergency.
"Are your children fingerprinted?"
Parents are the best people to talk to their children about child safety and teach them about personal safety.
Listen to your children.
Know their daily activities and habits.
Listen to what they like and don't like.
Have open communication - reassure them that they can talk to you about any situation.
Let them know that their safety is your #1 concern.
Know where your children are at all times.
Teach your children.
Teach them it is OK to say NO.
Tell them to trust their instincts. Tell them no-one has the right to make them feel uncomfortable!
Have them understand the importance of the "Buddy System".
Set boundaries - places they go, people they see, and things they do.
Children should know their full name, home phone number, and how to use the phone. Teach your child 911 and the operator.
Keep your contact information where your children can see it and where it is accessible.
Teach them to never answer the phone and say they are home alone - instead have them say you are busy.
Teach them to never answer the door for anyone if they are home alone - Parents, you should let yourselves in with your keys.
Set boundaries in your neighborhood by choosing landmarks - have your child help you make a list.
Never drop children off alone.
Never leave children unattended in automobiles.
Teach your children to be careful who they talk to:
"DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS"
Teach them not to help strangers - adults are very capable of finding another adult to help them. Teach them "Adults do NOT ask children for help! Ex. "Help me find my kitten or directions.