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Child Safety & Prevention Series #5

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Important things to consider before allowing your child to stay home without you.

Staying Home Alone

With everything parents have to juggle these days, the time may come when families have to leave a child home alone.

There are a number of important things to consider before allowing your child to stay home without you.

You should…

  • Assess your child.  Make sure he or she is mature enough to handle this responsibility.  Ask your child how he or she feels about being alone.
  • Define rules and expectations to help ensure your child maintains a daily routine while home alone.
  • Keep a list of numbers close to the telephone including those for you, other trusted adults, 911 and other emergency services.
  • Create practice situations and be sure your child understands what to do in specific emergencies such as a fire or loss of electricity.

Make sure your child knows…

  • His or her full name, address and telephone number along with your full name and how to reach you.
  • He or she should never open the door for someone unless that person is on a preapproved list of trusted adults you have provided.

Also make sure your child knows how to…

  • Contact 911 in case of an emergency.
  • Carry his or her key so it is hidden and secure.
  • Lock the door after entering and make sure the home is secure.
  • Tell callers you’re unavailable instead of saying he or she is home alone.
  • Check with you immediately upon returning home to let you know he or she has safely arrived.

For more information about child safety, visit MissingKids.com

NOTE:  This is not the property of NOT IN MY WORLD!!!!, we are a self-supporting information center for parents, families, and the public, to help all children, who are the future of our world; by raising awareness to Child Abuse, and it’s lifelong detrimental effects.

We want to say THANK YOU to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the U.S. Department of Justice for allowing us the use of so many resources to properly educate our staff, and also to pass along this valuable information and resources to parents, families, and the public.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
http://www.missingkids.com
1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678)

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
NSOPW
https://www.nsopw.gov

Got 2B Safe – My Rules

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Knowing My Rules for Safety

  1. I CHECK FIRST with my parents, guardians, or other trusted adults before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything, or getting into a car.
  2.  I TAKE A FRIEND with me when going places or playing outside.
  3.  I TELL people “NO” if they try to touch me or hurt me.  It’s OK
    for me to stand up for myself.
  4.  I TELL my trusted adult if anything makes me feel sad, scared,
    or confused.

Sometimes there are people who trick or hurt others.  No one has the right to do that to you.  So use these rules, and remember you are STRONG, are SMART, and have the right to be SAFE.

Always:

  • CHECK FIRST
  • TAKE A FRIEND
  • TELL PEOPLE “NO” IF THEY TRY TO TOUCH YOU OR HURT YOU
  • TELL AN ADULT YOU TRUST IF ANYTHING HAPPENS

KidSmartz is a child safety program that educates families about preventing abduction and empowers kids in grades K-5 to practice safer behaviors.  This program offers resources to help parents, caregivers, and teachers protect kids by teaching and practicing the 4 Rules of Personal Safety using tips, printable activities, quizzes, articles, music, videos, and more.

1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
http://www.missingkids.com

Resources:

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
KidSmartz.org

The Fight For All Children Needs You

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The internet has created a lawless space for predators to buy and sell people.

How tech companies are trying to
combat trafficking

Sex trafficking and human slavery are certainly nothing new, but the internet has created a lawless space for predators to buy and sell people.  Today, more than 150,000 escort ads are posted in the US every day, many of them for children.  The human trafficking industry enslaves an estimated 27 million people worldwide.

Now, an organization is turning to the very features of the internet that make trafficking so widespread to combat it.  Thorn partners with technology companies like Google, Pinterest, Facebook and others to help identify and rescue children, and possibly catch predators.

Last month, a video of Thorn founder Ashton Kutcher went viral when he gave very personal testimony to the US Senate on the tragedy of child trafficking.  Earlier this year, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee sponsored a bill that eventually became a law to direct $50 million in federal money annually to combat sex trafficking and human slavery in the US.

Following Kutcher’s Senate speech in February, the White House – led by Ivanka Trump – invited a number of anti-trafficking groups in to discuss what can be done.  Policy proposals may follow.
Traditionally, law enforcement efforts to combat trafficking have been insufficient, given the fluid nature, anonymity and enormous reach of the internet.  Thorn’s approach is interesting because it creates tech tools specifically geared to helping the authorities.

In 2011, law enforcement officials in the US turned 22 million images and videos of child abuse over to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to identify the victims, according to the center’s US Sentencing Commission testimony cited by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times.  In the US alone, 9 million computer IP addresses were tracked sharing child pornography files.  The sheer volume of victims and perpetrators is overwhelming for law enforcement.

Child abuse images are often traded on peer-to-peer networks or inside password-protected chat rooms.  Most buying and selling of sex occurs online, on listings sites like Backpage or Craigslist – where escort ads are posted, and customers text in to make contact.  That’s not illegal.  The challenge for law enforcement is that many of those featured in the ads may be underage girls who are trafficked – mixed in with women posting ads voluntarily.

“These transactions don’t happen in the open,” says Julie Cordua, CEO of Thorn.  “I can go on to backpage.com and put my couch up for sale and if I click the next tab I can buy a 14-year-old for sex, and this is not illegal, because an escort is not illegal.  Every day, hundreds of thousands of ads are posted, and some are children, but how do we know?  It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack.”

Innovations in tech and data science can make that process more efficient.

Thorn is using machine learning, in which computers learn what advertisements represent a child, and create an algorithm to predict what other ads are more likely to be associated with a child.  That, they hope, can reduce the thousands of images of children in circulation.

They’re also using facial recognition software that recognizes signs of aging and can identify children from photos.  They are working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s database of missing children that could be matched to images from online ads.  This helps detectives in tracking down and identifying children.

There is also a new texting application called Befreetexting designed to reach trafficked children who have sporadic access to cellphones.  “These kids are held kind of captive, so they can’t pick up a phone, but they can text, and so we can create a text hotline,” Cordua says.

By sorting through the images to identify which are children, law enforcement can hone in on victims.  The goal is to get to children as quickly as possible.  That’s just one side of the problem.  Creating technology to go after the predators, either the customer or the pimp, has proven more difficult.

Tips For Parents From Kid Smartz

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GOING OUT CHECKLIST

Heading out for some family fun at an amusement park, movie theater, mall or any other public place?  Use this checklist to make your outing safer.

REVIEW THE KIDSMARTZ RULES

Make sure your children understand the basic rules of safety:

  • Check first before going anywhere.
  • Take a friend everywhere you go.
  • Tell people “NO” if they try to touch or hurt you.
  • Tell a trusted adult if anyone makes you feel sad, scared or confused.

PLAN FOR EMERGENCIES

Look at a map of the facilities and locate information booths or customer service centers.

Carry recent pictures of your children in case they get lost.

You can even take a picture of them on your cellphone just before leaving.

CHARGE YOUR CELLPHONE

Check that your cellphone is charged and your children have the number memorized.  Consider giving older children a cellphone of their own so you can reach them more easily.

PAY ATTENTION TO CLOTHING

Remember what your children are wearing so you can describe their clothing to staff members in case they are lost.

Tip: If your children are wearing bright colors, they will be easier to spot in crowds.

IDENTIFY ADULTS WHO CAN HELP

Teach younger children to look for people like security officers, store employees or park staff members who can help them look for you in case you are separated.

CHOOSE A MEETING SPOT

Instruct older children to go directly to a designated spot, like a store or an information booth, to meet you.  They should never leave or go to the parking lot to try and find you.

PLAN FOR BATHROOM BREAKS

You should always go with younger children to the restroom.  Make sure older children take a friend;  it’s safer than going alone.

When it comes to keeping your child safe, YOU are your child’s best resource!

Kid Smartz
The Next Generation of Got2BSAFE
http://www.kidsmartz.org

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
http://www.missingkids.com
1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678)

NOTE: This is not the property of NOT IN MY WORLD!!!!, we are a self-supporting information center for parents, families, and the public, to help all children, who are the future of our world; by raising awareness to Child Abuse, and it’s lifelong detrimental effects.

We want to say THANK YOU to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the U.S. Department of Justice for allowing us the use of so many resources to properly educate our staff, and also to pass along this valuable information and resources.

CHILD ABDUCTION

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How Can I Stop This From Happening
To My Child

Kid Smartz
The Next Generation of Got2BSAFE
http://www.kidsmartz.org/

Of all the questions that cross parents’ minds when they hear about child abductions, the most common question may be how can I stop this from happening to my child?

Some parents try to protect their kids by teaching them about “stranger danger”– but most child abductions involve a relative or someone the child knows.

Teaching our children to avoid strangers is not enough!

Parents should learn when and where children may be at risk of abduction.  They should also teach kids about these situations and what to do if they occur.  This helps prepare children to act even if the risk of abduction is from someone they know.

When family members abduct

Family abductions occur when relatives break legal custody agreements by keeping kids from their legal guardians.  Family abductions usually involve parents taking their children.  An abduction may be more likely to occur if a parent has:

  • Threatened to abduct or previously abducted the child
  • No strong ties to the child’s home state, but ties to friends and family living in another state/country
  • Engaged in planning activities (e.g., selling a home, securing records)
  • A history of marital issues
  • A history of domestic violence or child abuse

Learn more about the warning signs of family abductions and what you can do to protect your kids. Remember, these warning signs don’t mean an abduction will happen. Also, abductions can occur without any of these warning signs appearing.

What you should know about attempted abductions

Parents should learn when and where kids are most vulnerable in order to better protect them.  In an analysis of attempted abductions, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® found that many:

  • Involved a suspect driving a vehicle
  • Occurred between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Occurred when the child was traveling to or away from school
  • Involved girls and children between the ages of 10 and 14

Teach children to take action

NCMEC’s review revealed one extremely important fact: 83% of children who escaped their would-be abductors did something proactive.  They walked/ran away, yelled, kicked, or pulled away.

This means the best thing a child can do if someone tries to abduct them is take action instead of being passive or polite.

Use this information to set up a safety plan for your kids – and don’t forget to include teens in these conversations!  You can:

  • Point out places they can go for help when walking places like school and the park.
  • Remind them to travel and stay with a group.
  • Warn them about accepting rides or changing plans without your permission.
  • Teach them the tricks would-be abductors use, such as offering money or asking for help.
  • Encourage them to tell a trusted adult whenever anything or anyone makes them uncomfortable.

When it comes to keeping your child safe, YOU are your child’s best resource!

Kid Smartz
http://www.kidsmartz.org/

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
For more information about child-safety topics, visit our website at http://www.missingkids.com or contact us at 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678).

NOTE: This is not the property of NOT IN MY WORLD!!!!, we are a self-supporting information center for parents, families, and the public, to help all children, who are the future of our world; by raising awareness to Child Abuse, and it’s lifelong detrimental effects.

We want to say THANK YOU to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the U.S. Department of Justice for allowing us the use of so many resources to properly educate our staff, and also to pass along this valuable information and resources.

RESOURCES:

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
U.S. Department of Justice
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®