Back to School – Safety Lessons
August 30, 2017
A ten-year analysis by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) of attempted abductions and related incidents found that most occurred when children were on their way to or from school. In the past five years, 15 percent of the missing children reported to NCMEC were Hispanic with many of them speaking only Spanish at home. With these translated resources, we can help protect more children from being abducted.
The KidSmartz program, developed by NCMEC in partnership with Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, focuses on keeping the lines of communication open between parents and children, helping children identify trusted adults and avoid potentially dangerous situations using four basic safety rules:
‚Ä¢ Check First
‚Ä¢ Take a Friend
‚Ä¢ Tell People “NO”
‚Ä¢ Tell a Trusted Adult
“I'm excited to see a bilingual version of this program,” Andry Marcano, a teacher at an elementary bilingual school in Washington, DC said. “Language should never be a barrier to learning important personal safety skills like this.”
All KidSmartz materials are available in English and Spanish for free download at www.KidSmartz.org. For more information, visit KidSmartz on Facebook and Twitter.