Missing Persons Unit · Prevention & Resources
Keeping Kids Safe
Keeping your children safe takes being aware and remembering a few tips:
- Know where your children are at all times.
- Know your children's friends, their parents, addresses, and all phone numbers.
- Be alert to teens and/or adults over-interested in your children.
- Teach your children to trust their feelings - it's OK to say NO.
- Be careful when choosing care providers for your children.
- Be prepared for the worst. Click here to find out how.
Indicators & Warning Signs
Following is a list of indicators to watch for if you suspect a child you know may be abducted or a victim of custodial interference:
- Uses multiple names
- No birth certificate
- Not enrolled/attending school
- Incomplete school records
- Sporadic school attendance
The list below provides warning signs that are commonly associated with abused and/or exploited children:
- Severe changes in behavior
- Sleep disturbances, bed wetting
- Rebellious behavior
- Extreme mood swings/withdrawn
- Regression to infantile behavior
- Fear of certain people/places
- Inappropriate sexual interest
Online Child Safety
It's not just away from the home that we need to be watchful. Children can become victims at home while on the computer on-line. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Be involved and spend time with your child when they're online.
- Never give out personal information in a chat room or on a bulletin board.
- Tell your child to let you know if they receive an obscene or suggestive message.
- Never allow a face-to-face meeting between your child and a person met online.
- Review the NCMEC's Keeping Kids Safer on the Internet.
- Read the Kids and the Internet information on the Office of the Attorney General Web site for additional tips provided by a variety of experts on Internet safety.
Resources & Publications
Please note that some of the documents provided on this page are available in Adobe® PDF format only and will require the Adobe® Reader in order to view or print them from your Web browser.
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