Child ID Program
Child ID Program
Spirit of Giving now offers Child ID’s!
That’s more than 800,000 children in America missing each year – one child every 40 seconds. Less than two percent of parents have a copy of their child’s fingerprints to use in case of an emergency.
Prevention always starts at home. Use the following tips to help educate children on safety and awareness.
Children Should Be Taught to:
- Know his/her full name, as well as your name, address and telephone number, including area code. Children should know how to use the telephone.
- Never say they’re alone when answering the phone – instead, offer to take a message or say their parents will be back shortly.
- Never answer the door if they are alone. Never invite anyone in the house w/out permission of a parent or baby-sitter.
- Never take candy or gifts from strangers or anyone else without asking a parent first.
- Never play in deserted buildings or isolated areas.
- Move away from cars that pull up beside them if they do not know the driver.
- Know that no one should touch any part of his or her body that bathing suit would cover.
- Avoid shortcuts through empty parks, fields, laneways or alleys.
- Run home or go to the nearest public place if they are being followed and yell for help.
- Tell you if someone has asked them to keep a secret from you.
- Tell you where they are at all times or leave a message at home.Give up money, jewelry or clothing rather than fight.
- Know they can talk to you and call you to pick them up at any time.
- Avoid clothing and toys with your child’s name on it. A child is less likely to fear someone who knows his/her name.
- Check all potential baby-sitters and older friends of your child.Never leave your child alone in a public place, stroller or car, even for a minute.
- Always accompany young children to the bathroom in public places.
- Always accompany your child on door-to-door activities.
- Point out safe houses with the Block Parent sign where children can go if they are in trouble.
- Create an environment where a child feels safe to talk to you. Let him/her know that you are interested and sensitive to their fears.
- Teach children that the police are their friends and that they can rely on them if they are in trouble.
- Keep an up-to-date color photograph of your child, as well as a medical and dental history, and have your child fingerprinted.
- Stay involved in your child’s life by communicating daily to prevent your child from running away.