Back-to-School Safety

Approximately  39 percent of attempted abductions occur when a child is going to and from school or school-related activities. But you can help children stay safer by teaching them these few simple tips.

  • Always take a friend when walking or riding their bicycle to and from school.
  • Walk and ride in well-lit areas.
  • Never take short cuts.

Stay with a group while waiting at the bus stop.

Never accept a ride from anyone unless you have told them it is okay to do so in each instance.

If anyone follows them they should get away from him or her as quickly as possible.

  • Always be sure to tell you or another trusted adult what happened.

Quickly get away and yell, “This person is trying to take me away!” or “This person is not my father/mother/guardian!” if someone tries to take them away.

Never leave school with anyone they don’t know, even if they are told it is an emergency. They should always check with you or another trusted adult.

Tell a trusted adult if they notice anyone they don’t know hanging around the school.

Most importantly, children should be taught to trust their feelings. They need to know that if someone makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused, they should tell a parent, guardian, or trusted adult.

1Data is based on NCMEC analysis of 2,538 attempted abductions confirmed with law enforcement across the U.S. spanning a period from February 2005 – June 2009.2Tips are adapted from Know the Rules…For Going To and From School More Safely. Copyright © 2001 and 2004 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). All rights reserved.

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