Do you have a Child Find ID Booklet of your child? Ways to help your kids stay safe!

Child ID KitToday I heard on Global TV News that there was 16 stranger abductions last year. What do you do to ensure your kids safety? I wish we lived in the days were kids were able to be care-free and not worry so much about what can happen.  I even recently purchased walkie talkies for my 6 year old daughter so when she goes to the neighbours she is safe.

Childfind BC fingerprints thousands of children each year and parents are given child ID booklets to keep at home in a safe place. Did you know they are free clinics held by Child Find BC? Find one near you http://www.childfindbc.com/events.html.

The clinic itself offers a forum whereby parents can obtain vital street-proofing educational material and information. Also changing the photograph and the child’s information on a yearly basis is a good way to keep the kit updated. Your child’s birthday is a good time to update the kit. They also suggest for babies to take their footprint not their fingerprints.

If there isn't a Child Find BC clinic near you Child ID kits are provided free of charge from your local RCMP to all Canadian families. You can pick one up at your local Walmart store or contact your local RCMP detachment. Should you require more than 20 child id kits please fill an order form and return it to the RCMP Foundation by fax at 613-741-7778 or email at info@rcmp-f.ca more info and to download the form visit: http://www.rcmp-f.ca/community/child_id.php.

wrist bandsAnother way of keeping kids safe, Lovable Labels have wrist brands with your child's information located on their wrist?

Lovable Labels has these great "Name Bands". Great for pools, amusement parks or any place you worry your child may wander away.

Here are some 30 Ways to Help Prevent Child Abduction as per Child Find BC's Tips:

Young children should:

  1. never say they are alone if they answer the phone: they can offer to take a message or say their parents will phone back.
  2. never answer the door if they are alone.
  3. not invite anyone into the house without the permission of a parent or babysitter.
  4. not go into people's houses without letting anyone know where they are.
  5. never get into anyone's car without permission.
  6. not take candy or other gifts from strangers or anyone else without asking a parent first.
  7. never play in deserted buildings or isolated areas.
  8. scream and scatter books and belongings if they are forced toward a building or car.
  9. move away from a car that pulls up beside them if they do not know the driver.
  10. be taught their full telephone number and address.
  11. be taught that it's all right to say 'no' to an adult if the person wants them to do something you've taught them is wrong.
  12. know that no one has the right to touch any part of their bodies that a bathing suit would cover.
  13. tell you, school authorities or a police officer about anyone who exposes private parts.
  14. tell you if someone has asked them to keep a secret from you.
  15. go to the nearest cashier if lost or separated from you in a store or mall.

Teens should:

  1. tell you where they are at all times or leave a written or recorded message at home.
  2. never hitchhike.
  3. avoid shortcuts through empty parks, fields, laneways or alleys.
  4. run home or go to the nearest public place and yell for help if they are being followed.
  5. learn to recognize suspicious behavior and remember a description of the person or vehicle to give you or the police. Write the plate number in the dirt or snow if nothing else is available.
  6. if attacked for money, jewelry or clothing give it up rather than risk injury.
  7. feel that they can talk to you and call you to pick them up any time, any place.

Parents should:

  1. avoid clothing and toys with your child's name on it. A child is less likely to fear someone that knows his/her name.
  2. check all potential babysitters and older friends of your child.
  3. never leave a child alone in a public place, stroller or car. Not even for a minute.
  4. always accompany young children to the bathroom in a public place and advise them never to play in or around the area.
  5. always accompany your child on door-to-door activities, i.e. hallowe'en, school fundraising campaigns, etc.
  6. point out safe houses or homes with the Block Parent sign where children can go if they are in trouble.
  7. keep an up-to-date colour photograph of your child, a medical and dental history, and have your child fingerprinted.