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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  • Extreme mood swings/withdrawn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

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