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Teachable Moments May 2014
A Newsletter for radKIDS' Parents and Families
FBI Child ID
Yup! There's an
APP for that

FBI Child ID App PSA

No one ever wants to think about something bad happening to their child. This FREE app is a great way to be prepared should the unthinkable ever occur. Using the app:

You can show pictures of your kids and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers ON THE SPOT.

You can quickly, easily EMAIL INFORMATION TO AUTHORITIES with a few clicks.

The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

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The user interface is so simple to use with just a few clicks you can update your child's photo (and show what clothing she's wearing) before we heading to Disney Parks, stadiums, and even school field trips.

Learn about this technology. Knowing how critical minutes are when a child goes missing we recommend this for you and your family along with a comprehensive safety education program with physical skills training. As with all ID kits we hope you never have to use them.


Missing Children's
Day Poster Contest
Winning Poster

2014 Winning Poster 
Dawson Mack 
Athens, Alabama

Each year, OJJDP conducts a National Missing Children's Day poster contest. The winning poster is used as the design theme for the following year. This year, 5th graders in over 40 states and the District of Columbia participated in the competition.

The Missing Children's Day poster contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other community organizations to engage children and their parents in informative discussions about the problem of missing children and how to prevent it.

 

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."

~Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)


You are OUR Heroes
Happy Memorial Day from radKIDS. 

An Ounce of Prevention...

is Worth a TON of Cure

 

At the risk of preaching to the choir, we would be remiss if we didn't share in the national reminder of an important day in May. May 25 is national missing children's day in America and internationally as well.   

 

National Missing Children's Day: May 25

National Missing Children's Day is always observed on May 25 because it was on this day in 1979, Etan Patz disappeared from his New York City home on his way to his school bus. His parents knew nothing of his disappearance until Etan failed to get OFF the bus at the end of the day...some seven hours later!

 

Etan Patz case changed missing child response

 

Etan's disappearance changes the way cases are handled  

Cases of missing children were rarely given media attention in 1979, but Etan's dad was a professional photographer and immediately used his talent to distribute black-and-white photographs of Etan in an effort to find him. This resulted in a massive search and media attention that heightened the Nation's focus and the public's attention on the problem of child abduction and the lack of resources to address it. This tragedy broke the hearts and opened the eyes of millions. 

 

May is a time to stop and think... 

May is a good time to do a mental "check" to make sure your children have the information and resources to keep them safe. As radKIDS parents, you have done more than most to give your child the most effective resources that they can have to recognize, avoid and physically resist danger and harm. Yes, we are preaching to the choir, but every year they get older, they are better able to retain more and/or process at a higher level so it is worth taking a few moments (or more than a few) to review the radKIDS manual with the kids. Review fire safety, review dog safety, review stranger tricks. It certainly can't hurt and May is a great month to do it - right before summer vacation and in recognition of what the Patz family went through.  

 

Some things to think about

Every year in America an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing. (That is more than 2,000 children each day.) Of that number, 200,000 are abducted by family members, and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members. The primary motive for non-family abductions is sexual. Each year 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions, taken by non-family members and either murdered, held for ransom, or taken with the intent to keep.

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