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Focus on Child Safety this May 25: Help Bring Missing Children Home

Mobile Edge is dedicated to helping protect children and keep them safe. Each year, Mobile Edge donates 10% of the retail price of select cases purchased from the NCMEC® Caring Case directly to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC).
Children go missing for a number of reasons. They . . .

  • Run away
  • Are abducted by family members (often as a result of divorce)
  • Are abducted by strangers, or
  • Simply become lost.

 

“One of the greatest fears of any parent or caregiver is for a child to go missing,” says Mobile Edge President and CEO G. David Cartwright. “That’s why this cause is so important to us at Mobile Edge. By raising awareness and building support, we hope to, in some small way, help prevent child abduction and exploitation, as well as reunite missing children with their families. If we make a difference even for just one child and his or her family, that will more than make our efforts worthwhile.”

National Missing Children’s Day

Each May 25, the United States observes National Missing Children’s Day, a tradition begun in 1983 to focus attention on and remember all missing children, as well as encourage families and others to make child safety a priority.  It serves as both a reminder to continue efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to the cause.

Each May, NCMEC, which is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a part of the United States Department of Justice, encourages citizens to Rock One Sock as a way to increase public awareness of missing children. OJJDP staff members show their support by wearing one sock and sharing pictures on social media using the hashtag #RockOneSock. You can show your support for missing children and their families by doing the same.

In addition, fifth graders from around the USA are invited each year to participate in a contest to create posters around the theme, “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” Winners are selected and publicized on the NCMEC website.

Ways You Can Make A Difference

As caregivers and parents, it’s critical that we become more aware of child safety and ways to prevent child abduction and exploitation.

  • Maintain an up-to-date, quality photograph and descriptive information about your child. A Child ID Kit, prepared by the NCMEC, is an efficient way pull together descriptions of your child’s identifying features, medical information, and photographs.
  • Supervise your child’s Internet use. Many predators lurk online. Set ground rules covering when your kids can go online, what sites they can visit, and limits on texting. If you have questions about Internet safety, computers, and the web, visit NetSmartz411.
  • Be sure to report online abuses (such as cyberbullies or potential predators) to the website where the offense took place, the texting service, law enforcement, or cybertipline.com.
  • Many missing children are located through the diligence of others who identify them because they spot them riding in a car, on a subway, at the mall, etc. NCMEC provides a useful online tool where you can browse images of missing children.
  • Take notice whenever an AMBER alertis sounded. You’ll often see notices on highway signs, hear/see the alerts on TV and radio, and even receive them on your cell phone. Since its inception 20 years ago, 841 children have been rescued and returned specifically because of AMBER Alerts.

Help Keep Hope Alive

NCMEC® is the leading nonprofit in the U.S. serving as the national clearinghouse and comprehensive resource center for families, law enforcement, and the public to help find missing children, reduce child exploitation, and prevent child victimization. Through your generous support, together with the NCMEC and Mobile Edge, you can help keep hope alive for countless children and their families. Learn more.