Hello my blogging friends – this is just for you: My friend and brother blogger and I have created a campaign of posting missing children alerts on our blogs to bring awareness to the children’s stories and most importantly their faces. Some of you may have seen some posts all ready. The idea is to get their photos out to more people around this world. How can that hurt? So my friend at http://cobbies69.wordpress.com/ and I had hoped that our readers would also pick up on the idea, and also post the alert information on their own blog, and their readers do the same and on and on.
Can you imagine how many people we can put these children’s faces in front of with such little effort on our part? I have a feeling that what I expected from you all was not fair, when I look back and see that I did nothing to explain or request you all into thinking about joining us. All any would of us have to do is click on “REBLOG” This is a purpose, a way that we can put the Reblogging to work for the good. What do you think? I have this image of an alert that will go from my blog to yours, from yours to your blogging friends who will also join us and reblog the alert again on their post, and on and on…
Think about it being a Random Act of Kindness. I hope you’ll join us.
I am also adding something I hope you’ll find helpful and with a great purpose for you to take away today; I am adding these important and priceless tips for summer and your kids. Even as grandparents we can learn a lot from these tips. I’ve posted them on our fridge next to the “Pocket Perspectives” @ http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/ I’ve chosen to print and post for the amazing affirmations value I find they give me.Her posts lift my days – I encourage you to have a looksee.
Our grandson is here for the month and though he is 13 he is still not too old to adhere to and use these tips below when he leaves our sight. So he is reminded of them every time he opens that fridge door.
And teen boys open and close the fridge door a lot during summer days.
Enjoy Your Safe & Peaceful Summer
Know the Rules®…Summer Safety Tips to Teach Children
- Always CHECK FIRST with your parents, guardians, or the trusted adult in charge before you go anywhere or do anything. Be sure to CHECK IN regularly with your parents, guardians, or a trusted adult when you’re not with them.
- Always TAKE A FRIEND with you when playing or going anywhere. It’s safer and more fun.
- Be aware of people who offer you treats or gifts. Never accept anything from anyone without your parents’ or guardians’ permission.
- Stay SAFER when you’re home alone by keeping the doors and windows locked; not opening the door for or talking to anyone who comes to the home unless the person is a trusted family friend or relative, you feel comfortable being alone with that person, and the visit has been preapproved by your parents or guardians; and never telling anyone who calls that you’re home alone. If your parent or guardian cannot be reached, have a neighbor or other trusted adult you are able to call if you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused or there’s an emergency.
- Always TAKE A FRIEND with you when using a public restroom.
- Always TAKE A FRIEND with you when going to malls, movies, parks, or entertainment centers. And always CHECK FIRST with your parents or guardians to make sure it’s OK.
- Identify the safest place to go or person to ask for help in reuniting you with your parents or guardians if you become lost. Safe helpers could be a uniformed law-enforcement or security officer, store salesperson with a nametag, person with a nametag who is working at the information booth, or mother with children. Never search for your parents or guardians on your own, and never go with anyone who is trying to reunite you with them.
- Be careful when you play outside. Stay away from pools, canals, and other bodies of water unless you are with a trusted adult. Don’t play near busy streets or deserted areas, and never take shortcuts.
- Leave clothes or items displaying your name at home and don’t be confused just because a person you don’t know calls out your name.
- Say NO if anyone you don’t know or a person who makes you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused offers you a ride. CHECK FIRST with your parents or guardians before taking a ride from anyone.
- Be careful playing outside as it gets dark. Sometimes it is difficult for people driving to see you. Wear reflectors and protective clothing if your parents or guardians say you may play outside after dark.
- Say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation making you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. TRUST YOUR FEELINGS, and be sure to TELL a trusted adult if anything happens to make you feel this way. And it’s never too late to tell a trusted adult what happened.
Have a safe and fun summer!
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