TOPEKA – (May 25, 2012) – Talking to your children about ways to stay safe is important to prevent them from becoming victims of foul play, Kansas Attorney General Schmidt said today. In recognition of today’s observance of National Missing Children’s Day, he encouraged parents to have a conversation with their children about family safety plans.
“It is important that children know some rules about how to deal with strangers and stay safe from harm,” Schmidt said. “As parents, it is important to frequently talk to our children about ways to stay safe.”
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is spearheading a campaign called “Take 25,” which encourages parents to take 25 minutes to visit with their children about personal safety. Parents can visit www.take25.org to see tips on talking to their children about staying safe at home, at school, outside and on the Internet.
Schmidt also reminded parents of the importance of keeping identifying information on children up-to-date in the event a child does become missing. Having an identity kit with the child’s fingerprints, height, weight, and a current photo can make it easier to quickly locate a missing child.
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office is the coordinating agency for the state’s Amber Alert Program. Kansas established an Amber Plan in September 2002. The statewide alert system is used to deter potential abductors and quickly mobilize citizens to contact authorities with helpful information when an alert is issued. Kansans can sign up to receive Amber Alerts by email or text message by visiting www.ksamber.org. To receive alerts on Facebook, “like” the Kansas Amber Alert Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AMBERalertKS.
May 25 was first designated as National Missing Children’s Day by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. It serves as an annual reminder of the efforts to reunite missing children with their families.
There are currently 2,721 children listed in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database, including 13 in Kansas. To view the database, visit www.ncmec.org.