An aspect of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) many don't realize is their role in educating and supporting community awareness. Education and awareness to prevent kidnapping, abduction, and the exploitation of children in your area. Most of this, if not all, is FREE to your schools and various organizations interested.
I'm aware of this and know that a few years ago, our school district brought NCMEC in to do presentations at some of the schools and then a parent presentation in the evening. I can't remember the year but know it has been awhile.
If you look at the map again, do you notice the push pins on the map? Each push pin represents a school that has taken advantage of NCMEC's FREE NetSmartz Internet Safety programs within their schools.
On one hand, it is VERY encouraging to see the number of schools accessing this valuable tool and FREE presentation to keep their students and children safe from abduction, abuse, and exploitation.
On the other hand, it's heart breaking because there are so many areas, mostly the rural ones, with no push-pins at all. NCMEC celebrates its 30th year this year and their efforts to raise awareness is extreme and nonstop, yet there are still those with the "not in my town", or "not in my area" mentality, that they miss an opportunity to educate and prevent future tragedies and crimes towards of children from happening.
Are you on your PTA?
Do you have children or grandchildren in the school system?
Are you a Board of Education Member? Educator? School Administrator? School custodian, building and grounds, mechanic, bus driver, food service staff, or office staff?
Do you want to see the children (and parents) in your community receive a FREE program to educate them on Internet Safety, abduction, abuse, and other crimes that might affect them?
If so, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children today!
Education is vital ~ NCMEC has the training and expertise. I encourage you to bring them into a school near you. Click on any of the photos in today's blog to read details about some of their child safety and prevention programs available.
To contact a NCMEC in your area:
Has NCMEC been to your school?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323