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Keeping Your Child Safe

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Keeping Your Child Safe

In about the time it takes to read this information, two more children will be reported lost, missing or separated from their parents in the United States.

Authorities everywhere ask parents to have child safety packets designed to help police find missing children.  With more than 2,200 children reported lost or missing each day in the United States, these experts know that access to quality child safety packets with accurate descriptions is very critical.  Many parents already carry a traditional photo ID card, but these cards alone can’t provide law enforcement with the tools they need to begin a search or find a missing child, especially in the first 20-minutes following a disappearance.

Permanent Impressions has developed the most advanced and effective child safety program available today using biometric technology designed to assist in a quick recovery during this type of emergency.  Our service uses up-to-date, biometric, digital technology which allows information to be immediately transmitted to local authorities, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice and the media. This child safety packet is administered, completed, and delivered onsite – nothing is ever taken off-site for processing.  We’ve designed it to be easy to carry and simple to use but more importantly, it is formatted for the Department of Justice database.  Finally, it had to be administered accurately by law enforcement with an expertise in fingerprint identification.  During the development stage we sought input from various law enforcement agencies, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC.org) and other child
advocacy organizations, and then we used that well-researched information to develop the most accurate and comprehensive child safety packet available.

Safety Tips….

1. REMIND YOUR CHILDREN:  SAFE GROWNUPS DON’T ASK KIDS FOR HELP.

2. NEVER LEAVE YOUNG CHILDREN UNSUPERVISED…  NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE.

3. REPLACE THE WORD “STRANGER” WITH “TRICKY PERSON”: IT’S NOT WHAT SOMEONE LOOKS LIKE, IT’S WHAT THEY SAY OR WANT TO DO WITH A CHILD THAT MAKES THEM UNSAFE OR “TRICKY”.

4. A TRICKY PERSON CAN BE SOMEONE YOU KNOW WELL, DON’T KNOW AT ALL, OR KNOW JUST A LITTLE BIT… LIKE YOUR MAIL CARRIER OR THE ICE CREAM MAN.  ANYONE WHO TRIES TO GET A CHILD TO BREAK THEIR SAFETY RULES OR HURT THEIR BODY IS NOT OKAY.

5. LISTEN TO YOUR CHILD.  IF THEY DON’T WANT TO BE AROUND A PARTICULAR PERSON, SUCH AS A BABYSITTER, RELATIVE, OR FAMILY FRIEND, DON’T FORCE THEM.  THEY MAY BE GETTING A “RED FLAG” SIGNAL THAT YOU ARE UNAWARE OF.

6. PRACTICE PERSONAL SAFETY STRATEGIES WITH YOUR KIDS: WHAT WOULD THEY DO IF THEY WERE LOST IN A STORE?  WHAT WOULD THEY SAY IF SOMEONE ASKED THEM FOR DIRECTIONS OR ASSISTANCE?

7. DO NOT WRITE YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON THE OUTSIDE OF ANY PERSONAL BELONGINGS SUCH AS A BACKPACK OR JACKET.

8. OLDER CHILDREN SHOULD ALWAYS USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM WHENEVER AND WHEREVER POSSIBLE.

9. “THE UH-OH FEELING”: TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS AND LET YOUR CHILD KNOW IT’S OKAY FOR THEM TO TRUST THEIRS.

10. ESTABLISH A STRAIGHTFORWARD FAMILY RULE:
NO SECRETS ALLOWED, ESPECIALLY IF IT INVOLVES ANOTHER ADULT.

11. LET CHILDREN DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES HOW THEY WANT TO EXPRESS AFFECTION.  DO NOT FORCE THEM TO HUG OR KISS ANOTHER PERSON.

12. SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KIDS.   CHILDREN WHO ARE STARVED FOR ATTENTION CAN BE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO A PREDATOR’S TRICKS.

13. VOLUNTEER AT YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL OR OTHER ACTIVITIES. KNOW WHO THE PEOPLE ARE WHO ARE INTERACTING WITH YOUR CHILDREN.

14. DEVELOP STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS WITH YOUR CHILD SO THAT THEY WILL FEEL SAFE COMING TO YOU IF SOMETHING IS BOTHERING THEM.

15. TEACH SAFETY CONCEPTS IN A LOVING, EASY-GOING MANNER. SCARE TACTICS CAN MAKE A CHILD FEARFUL AND ARE NOT NECESSARY.

For more on what you can do to help protect your child please visit Permanent Impressions at www.fingerprintsforlife.com

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