Change a Child’s Life – May 25th Marks National Missing Children’s Day

When a child is at risk, every moment counts.

As we honor National Missing Children’s Day, two easy steps can increase your dedication to helping a child. Whether you observe first hand or learn about harm to a child online or offline, you can take two steps today to make a difference.

    1. Sign up to receive AMBER Alerts online and via SMS. You’ve seen AMBER Alerts delivered via radio, television, and cable stations, and displayed on electronic traffic-condition signs. The program , AMBER Alerts program instantly galvanizes entire communities to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of a child in the moments, hours and days after a child-abduction.Now you can take a greater role through the Eyes & Ears Project™ by subscribingto receive SMS and/or email Amber Alert notices when a child goes missing in your area. It will take you moments to register for these alerts, but the benefits could last a child’s lifetime.
      1. Sign up for notifications, by following the directions on your screen.
      2. Sign up for text message AMBER Alerts to your phone or other wireless device, by following the directions on your screen.

These alerts save lives. Run through the Department of Justice in a partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, AMBER alerts serve as an instant call to action for everyone in the immediate area of the crime scene to be on the lookout for the child.

Since 1997, the AMBER Alert program has been credited with the safe recovery of 495 children – and with your help more children may be saved.

    1. Report suspected child exploitation, abuse or neglect. When you believe a child is the victim of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, take action.  Don’t let the nations youngest and most vulnerable bear the cost of your silence. If you are afraid of being personally involved, you can choose to remain anonymous when notifying officials.
      1. Not all abuse is violent; emotional abuse and neglect can be equally damaging
      2. Abuse happens in all kinds of families. A family’s income, race, cultural heritage, etc. don’t ensure kids safety.
      3. Most abuse is by family members or others the family knows well
      4. “Bad kids”  don’t deserve to be abused any more than any other child.

Child abuse Myth-busting:

You can report any type of suspected abuse to your local law enforcement or Child Social Services office. To remain anonymous, can call from a public phone, send an email from a onetime email account, or send a letter detailing your concerns.

If you suspect or know about sexual exploitation of any kind, you can use NCMEC’s CyberTipline (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). Over 770,000 thousand reports of child sexual exploitation have been received by NCMEC since they established their CyberTipline in 1998. Yet, far more cases remain unreported, and your help is needed.

The CyberTipline deals with reports of the molestation of a child, the attempt to entice a child into sexual acts, child prostitution, child sex tourism in this country or of a US citizen abroad,  the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, using the internet to deceive a minor into viewing harmful content, or the sending of obscene materials to a child. Click here to learn more about the types of crimes addressed by the CyberTipline.

Make a change today that could save a child tomorrow.

Linda

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