Tips for Preventing Child Abductions

Below are some tips from various organizations on how parents and caregivers can help prevent child abductions:

* Have ID-like photos taken of your kids every 6 months and have them fingerprinted. Many local police departments sponsor fingerprinting programs.
* Set boundaries about the places your kids go. Supervise them in places like malls, movie theaters, parks, public bathrooms, or while fundraising door to door.
* Never leave kids alone in a car or stroller, even for a minute.
* Avoid dressing your kids in clothing with their names on it — children tend to trust adults who know their names.
* Choose caregivers — baby sitters, child care providers, and nannies — carefully and check their references. If you've arranged for someone to pick up your kids from school or day care, discuss the arrangements beforehand with your kids and with the school or child care center.

Amber Watch Foundation:

(These tips are for parents to teach their kids)

* Know what emergency numbers to call if you're home alone and you need help.
* Don't give out your name, age, address and phone number on the Internet.
* Never go anywhere without checking with your parents first, and make sure they know when you'll be back.
* Don't get close to any car that slows down or stops near you. If the car stops near you, run away and go tell a trusted adult.
* Always use the "Buddy System." Take a buddy with you whenever you go out to play or walk to school.
* Say "NO!" and run away if someone tries to touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or scared. It is your body and no one has the right to touch you or kiss you in parts covered by a bathing suit. Go tell your parents or a trusted adult.
* If someone tries to hurt you, yell for help, fight as hard as you can and run away.
* Keep doors and windows locked and secured when you're home alone. Don't open the door and don't let anyone in without your parents' permission.
* Stay with your parents or a trusted adult when you are at the mall, amusement park or other public areas. If you lose them, go to the nearest security officer or store clerk with a nametag and tell them that you're lost.
* Never take short cuts. Always walk along well-traveled streets and follow the route that your parents planned out for you to go to school or other activities.
* Don't tell anyone on the phone that your parents are not at home. Just say, "they can't come to the phone right now," and take a message.
* Always check first with your parents before you accept anything from anyone, even from someone you know. If someone gives you something, or does something to you, and tells you to keep it a secret, tell your parents.

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