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Overview

As the national clearinghouse on missing and exploited children issues, NCMEC is uniquely situated to identify trends and create preventive resources to address changing needs. NCMEC provides safety and prevention resources for families and child-serving professionals focusing on the topics of online and real-world safety, including skills on how to handle a variety of situations ranging from staying home alone to knowing what to do in case of an emergency, to abduction and child sexual exploitation prevention.

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Resources

Knowing the threats that children and teens face in the real world and online, NCMEC has created robust personal and online safety programs.

KidSmartz Personal Safety Program

KidSmartz, created in partnership with Honeywell, 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 children by teaching and practicing the Four Rules of Personal Safety using tips, printable activities, quizzes, articles, music, videos, and more. 

NetSmartz Online Safety Program

NetSmartz® is an educational program that teaches children ages 5-17 about online safety and digital citizenship.  NetSmartz offers free, age-appropriate resources including videos, games, presentations, and classroom lessons to help children learn essential digital citizenship skills and how to protect themselves and their friends online.   

NetSmartz also has resources for parents and other trusted adults who need assistance talking to children about technology or on how to protect them online.

Code Adam

Code Adam, a program named in memory of Adam Walsh, is designed to help businesses and other establishments ensure that they have safety protocols in place to respond quickly and effectively to situations involving a missing child.    It is now one of the largest child safety protocols being implemented in tens of thousands of establishments across the nation and provides critical guidance to employees on how to handle reports of missing children on the premises.

Safety Central App

Through NCMEC’s Safety Central App, users can access a digital Child ID kit, stay up-to-date on NCMEC’s latest safety information, and help search for missing children.  At its core, Safety Central is a digital Child ID kit that allows parents to keep critical information about their child, such as digital fingerprints and updated photos, stored and available right at their fingertips.  No smartphone? No Problem! Download our printable Child ID kit here.

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Professional Training and Resources

NCMEC is committed to providing training, technical assistance, education, and resources at no cost to child-serving professionals, including law enforcement and other personnel who assist with missing and exploited children cases.  Classes are offered both in-person and online. View our training courses here.

 

Safe To Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse

NCMEC’s Safe to Compete program provides youth sports organizations and families of child athletes with resources and best practices to help protect children from sexual abuse. Visit the SafeToCompete website.

 

Disaster Preparedness

Families may become separated during the chaos of a disaster, especially when evacuation is required. It is important to plan for your family’s safety. Be sure your child ID Kits are complete, then download and print your Disaster Safety Tips!

 

Publications

Browse more of NCMEC’s child safety and prevention publications