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The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children recommends parents and guardians consider children's summer activities, both structured and unstructured, and take actions to help keep them safer. Kids need to know: 1) Neighborhood boundaries and whose homes they may visit; 2) Who to call and where to go in an emergency; 3) Their full name, address, and telephone number(s); 4) To keep doors locked and not to open the door if they are home alone; 5) Not to approach a vehcile or accept a ride from anyone without parent permission; 6) To avoid pools and other bodies of water without adult supervision; and 7) Their curfew, and to call if they will be late.

Theme parks are great places for family fun. Take time to plan your trip, and talk to your kids about ways to stay safer before you arrive at the park. A few minutes of preparation in advance can make your outing more enjoyable and safer. Before leaving home make a plan to meet in a specific location should anyone become separated. Teach kids to check first with you before accepting prizes from anyone. Teach kis to tell you if anyone makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. If someone tries to take them away, teach children to runaway and yell, "this person is not my father (mother)!" Make sure kids never wear clothing or carry items that display their names.

At the park get a map and immediately show your kids where the help/information centers are located. Show them examples of people who can help, like park personnel, if they become lost. Make sure your child is carrying some form of identification and emergency contact informtaion. Accompany children to the restroom. It seems simple and it is. Talk to your children and prepare them for an enjoyable and safe summer.

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