There seems to have been an alarming trend of reported attempted abductions in the last few weeks. Doing a quick search on the internet, pages of stories popped up about increased school security and attempted abductions. Not all of the stories were current, but it is something of which we should all be aware and vigilant.
I have included a link the this article from The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Abduction attempts increase when children go back to school, and according to the article, children are most vulnerable going between school, activities and home.
The NCMEC also has two programs, one entitled Take 25, one called NetSmartz Workshop, which provides parents, teachers and other concerned adults tools to help teach kids how to be safe. NCMEC also has a program entitled Child ID which will help parents gather appropriate information that will be most helpful to the police if a child is abducted.
Another resource is TAALK. TAALK has local chapters, email tips, and many other resources that can help us all keep kids safe.
Abuse is much more likely to happen within the family or by a trusted family friend, but abductions are real and do occur. Let’s all work together to keep kids safe in any way we can.
If you have other suggestions, please write them in the comments. Every little thing we do is important.