The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a nonprofit that focuses on finding and returning missing children to their families.
Due to the rise of CGN’s readership who are parents, we decided to once again feature NCMEC’s Bethany Albert on child safety tips.
With the advent of the internet and its numerous opportunities for predators to exploit children, NCMEC works tirelessly to provide parents with safety tips for children to avoid the chances of children being accosted by a predator.
Bethany compiled for us a checklist of tips that NCMEC has created for parents to tell their young children.
Top Safety Tips for Kids
1. Check first: Always check first with a parent, guardian, or trusted adult before going anywhere, accepting anything, or getting into a car with anyone.
2. Buddy system: Do not go out alone. Always take a friend when going places or playing outside.
3. It’s ok to say no: Say no if someone tries to touch you, or treats you in a way that makes you feel sad, scared, or confused. Get out of the situation as quickly as possible.
4. Tell an adult: Tell a parent, guardian, or trusted adult if you feel sad, scared, or confused.
5. Don’t be afraid: There will always be someone to help you, and you have the right to be safe.
We have a ton of resources here, with our publications of safety rules for school, sports, etc., as well as FAQ and advice for parents on how to talk to their kids.
You can find more information on how to talk to your kids to keep them safe from predators here:
We also have NetSmartz. NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer online and offline.
The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement.
With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates on topics such as webcamming, bullying, sexting, social networking, and gaming.
You can find more information about the program here:
Bethany Albert is a fundraising specialist for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Bethany’s views expressed in this article do not represent the official views of the NCMEC.