Child Safety in Your Community
The most recent national survey estimated that nearly 800,000 children were reported missing in a year. One of the major risks these missing children face is sexual exploitation. Of the 58,200 children who were victims of nonfamily abductions, nearly half were sexually abused.
Yet even these numbers do not tell the whole story. What about the children who are not reported? They may come from communities that are unaware of missing and exploited children’s issues.
NCMEC has found that an estimated one in six of the endangered runaways reported to it were victims of sex trafficking.
Prepare your community to take action by helping them learn about the issues. Read more on our Key Facts page.
Do you work with a community organization or are you an individual that supports your community? The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has free resources to help educate your community about child safety.
What can you do?
- Hand out materials. Download and print our child safety publications for free and share them at a community meeting or event.
- Share photos of missing children. Join our Poster Partner Program and stay informed of children who go missing in your community. Then distribute those photos with your community by printing and displaying them in community or sharing them online.
- Provide Child ID resources. Use our downloadable Child ID form to help families create their own Child ID kits.
- Make an Internet safety presentation. Our NetSmartz Workshop offers free, multimedia Internet safety presentations tailored to specific audiences, including parents and communities, tweens, teens and younger children.
Children face risks every day, which is why we provide resources to help give parents new ways to approach safety issues with their children. Take a look at the resources below to learn more ways to keep your children safer.
What can you do?
- Be prepared. Learn what to do if your child is missing.
- Educate yourself about the issues. We offer a number of publication available for free downloading that cover topics ranging from child sexual exploitation to international abduction. Read up and get informed.
- Talk to your children. Take 25 minutes to talk to your children about safety.
- Stay safer online. Our NetSmartz Workshop offers free Internet safety resources for children and families.
- Stay up-to-date. Don't know what Snapchat is? Can't find the privacy setting on Facebook? NetSmartz411 answers questions from families like yours about the technology your kids use every day.
- Make Child IDs for each of your children. One of the most important tools for law enforcement when searching for a missing child is an up-to-date, good quality photo along with descriptive information. Make a Child ID for your child today.
- Know where to turn for help. Learn more about the support services we provide to victims and families coping with the traumatic experience of an abudction or sexual exploitation.
As an educator, you play in invaluable role in the promotion of child safety. We offer activities and age-specific presentation to help you make child safety an integral part of your lesson plan.
What can you do?
- Use the Internet to teach Internet safety. Educating students about Internet safety can be difficult, especially with constantly changing technologies and classroom time constraints. These resources can help.