Have you ever lost track of your child or has your child run off while you were at the store? A simple label on the back of your children’s clothes with their name on it, can speed up valuable searching for you and authorities.
The U.S. Department of Justice reports
- 797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.
- 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
- 58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions.
- 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. (These crimes involve someone the child does not know or someone of slight acquaintance, who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.)
Obviously we can’t stop all children from becoming missing, but with some careful considerations on parents’ part, we can curb the time needed to find children. It’s horrible when a child is lost or simply walks away from a parent while in a grocery store. Some stores are in excess of 50,000 square feet. A simple label on the back of their shirt, or coat can help authorities locate children in a matter of seconds instead of hours.
There is an iPad app (Hippos Name and Hippo Mini for the iPhone) available that shares a funny story of a blue hippo who doesn’t know where his last name is. In other words, he’s kind of lost. He recruits a series of other animals to help him find out not only who he is but where to look for the answer. Hippos Name is a delightful book app for the iPad and iPhone (Hippo Mini), that will teach your child how important it is to keep labels of his/her name on not only their clothes but also their belongings. Follow the adventures of the Blue Hippo as he meets new friends while looking for his last name. It only takes the wisdom of a funky turtle to help him find it! Author, Nick Nebelsky from Intense Media states, “My hope is that parents and children will read this book and think twice about the importance of child safety. A simple label on your clothes can go a long way!”
[Andrea J. Sedlak, David Finkelhor, Heather Hammer, and Dana J. Schultz. U.S. Department of Justice. “National Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview” in National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, October 2002, page 5.]