Your kid goes missing!
Can anything protect our children? Here are some groups offering services to make them safer.
What’s your biggest parenting fear? When we asked Parent24
users this in an informal poll last week, 75% of them said that paedophiles were most scary. Of course your best way to protect your child is to watch over them, and to teach them the skills they need to cope with the world. But here are some services you might not have heard of.
If your child disappeared tomorrow, would you be able to find a recent picture, a DNA sample and dental records? Most of us would not. It would be a scratch around for last year’s school picture, or scrolling through hundreds of unidentifiable happy snaps on the digital database. Which is why the ID-a-Kid Kit seems like a good idea. For R100 you get the bits and pieces and a form to enrol with the South African Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (SACMEC) so you would be able to give the police everything they needed. Contact email@example.com or 0760811171 for more info.
The press release for the kit also refers to SACMEC’s website
, where you can register your child’s details. They claim to be about to get a million pairs of eyes helping with the search if he’s reported missing.
Another active group trying to use technology to keep crime under control is eblockwatch
, which uses email and SMS to keep registered users informed about crime in their area, including missing children.
There’s also Break the Chain.org
which has a slightly different mission, that of sorting the junk from the real when it comes to email letters about sick and missing children.
There is other some info about missing persons and child abuse on the official South African Police Services
website. If a child is missing
Do you use any of these services? What do you believe is the best way to keep kids safe?
- The most important point is that there is no waiting period for reporting a missing child. The sooner the better.
- To report a missing child, call SAPS Crime Stop 08600 101 111.
- Have as much information at your fingertips as you can, such as what the child was wearing, who he spoke to last and what time.
- Contact all his friends and even more distant contacts such as team-mates or people met on camp.
- Make a poster with your child’s most recent picture and put it up in nearby shops and noticeboards.