Child abduction – two words that strike fear into the heart of every parent.
Sadly, not only is child abduction a common occurrence, frighteningly, it’s also on the rise with a staggering 2,185 children going missing every single day.
No, that’s not a typo, that’s the terrifying rate at which children go missing in the US every day.
Recently, writer and mother, Karrie Marie wrote about how she wants to lower these statistics. And she intends to do it with just one word.
“We can only do so much to protect our children the best that we can. Teaching our children safety measures are a very important factor in keeping them safe.”
“Every household should create an easily remembered secret word or phrase to use in the event that some one else has to pick up your child(ren). This may or may not be a person that is familiar to your child(ren). However something has come up and you can’t be present to pick up your child(ren).”
“Therefore you assign another person to arrive for the child(ren) in event of your absence. It is so imperative to use a secret word or phrase even if the child(ren) does know the person that is taking them.”
“It is very important that you also realise that more child abductions occur within family than by strangers.”
Marie encourages parents to allow the child to come up with the safe word themselves so not only does the word sink in, it will also be something that they are familiar with.