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Teach kids about safety on Missing Children’s Day PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 May 2011 20:01

By Jon Bruning

Nebraska Attorney General


Every year, an estimated 800,000 American children are reported missing - more than 2,000 children every day. As a parent of two beautiful kids, this statistic is both heartbreaking and frightening.

As Attorney General, it has always been my top priority to protect Nebraska’s kids. Since my election in 2003, we have tightened the net on online sexual predators and increased penalties for those who commit crimes against children. I’m proud of the work we’ve done to keep our kids safe.

However, there is more that can be done. And, I believe that education is the first step.

As parents, it’s our job to be educated on the dangers our kids may face. Whether online or on the playground, our kids depend on us to provide safe places to play and learn. In today’s environment of instant communication and virtual exchanges, children need to be prepared to protect themselves in new ways.

Missing Children’s Day

May 25th is National Missing Children’s Day and I encourage all parents to take this opportunity to talk to your children about safety.

Talk directly and honestly with your kids. Help your children learn to recognize and avoid potential risks, so that they can deal with them if they happen.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created a website for parents with information on talking to your children about safety. With subjects from avoiding abduction to protecting personal information online, you can find tips at

May 25th has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since 1983 when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in recognition of Etan Patz. On May 25, 1979, 6-year-old Etan disappeared from a New York street corner on his way to school. Etan has not been found.

For more information on Internet safety, visit