The first step to safety starts with your children memorizing and understanding information about themselves. Be sure your children know their full name, address and phone number. Also, teach your children the following safe-guards to protect themselves, including:
∙ Never enter anyone’s home without a parent’s permission.
∙ Do not leave a store if you get lost, but do go to the nearest clerk for help.
∙ Use the buddy system and never walk or play alone.
∙ Never approach a car or get into a car if someone stops, no matter what the person states is the reason.
∙ If there is an emergency, call 911 or your local community emergency number.
∙ You have the right to say NO.
∙ Tell a parent immediately if an adult asks you to keep a “secret”.
∙ Never accept anything from a stranger.
∙ No one has the right to touch you or make you feel uncomfortable.
∙ Do not just scream, yell “HELP ”.
Safety Tips for Parents
Parents can play a vital role in their child’s safety by taking these steps:
∙ Know where your child is at all times.
∙ Know your child’s friends, where they live and who their parents are.
∙ Never leave your child unattended or alone in a car.
∙ Know where to get your child’s dental records, have a copy of your child’s fingerprints and have pictures taken annually.
∙ Be open with your child and keep an open line of communication so your child will feel comfortable telling you anything.
∙ Never buy any item including hats, jackets and T-shirts with your child’s name on it.
∙ Always know what your child is wearing.
∙ Ensure your child’s day care center or school never releases your child to anyone but you, your spouse or someone designated by you.
∙ Outline a plan with your child on what to do if separated from home.
∙ Play games with your child on how to read a license plate and remember license colors.
The first two or three hours are the most critical to recovering a missing child. If you think your child is missing, contact the police immediately.
Print and fill out these forms and give them to the authorities in an emergency situation. Keep this information for each of your children.
Also, tell authorities what your child was wearing when you last saw him or her and ask them to put this descriptive information in the statewide missing children’s registry, maintained by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer. Help can also be obtained by calling the missing and exploited children clearinghouse at: (800) FIND-KID (800) 346-3543
Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA)
Convicted sexual offenders are required by law to register with the state. The registry provides information to the public about certain sex offenders living in their community. For more information on child safety or SORA, please visit the Department of Criminal Justice Services website at: www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us or call the Sex Offender Registry Information line at