With violent crime soaring in the United States, there’s no better time to take precautions with your kids. Every year, 800,000 children are reported missing in the U.S., and while most are found or returned to their homes, at least 1% of those, or roughly 8,000, meet a less fortunate fate.
McGruff the Crime Dog was introduced by the Ad Council in 1980 to increase crime awareness among children and adults and teach them about personal safety. In 1992, the National Crime Prevention Council produced officially licensed McGruff Safe Kits to help kids learn safety lessons in a fun, friendly way. The goal of the kits today is the same, and they’re free to order for parents or guardians in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to safety advice for children, McGruff Safe Kits give parents and guardians a handy way to store their children’s important identification information. McGruff Safe Kits are recommended for use by dozens of government agencies, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the FBI.
What’s Inside Each Kit
Inside each kit, there’s a tear-out fingerprint card, complete with child-safe fingerprint ink, so children can fingerprint each of their fingers. Also in each kit is a personal record card (where a photo can be attached), DNA collection tips (for hair samples), 911 instructions, a McGruff the Crime Dog emergency number card and fun, family-friendly games and quizzes that reinforce messages of safety.
How Kits Are Delivered
McGruff Safe Kits are ordered online, and parents or guardians will receive a confirmation email. A follow-up email will detail how the kits will be delivered. A locally licensed representative will then reach out to the parent or guardian who ordered the kit (usually via the Zoom Internet app) to set up an appointment for delivery. These representatives will instruct parents or guardians how to fill out the included record cards; they’ll also explain bonus insurance coverage that may be qualified for. To clarify, the kits are absolutely free, with no purchase required.
Important Safety Lessons
So what are the important safety lessons McGruff wants kids to learn?
First and foremost, all children should know how to dial 911. Every child should know their full name, home address and phone number. Kids should be taught about so-called “what if” scenarios. For example, one of these would be, “What if you were walking to a school bus stop, and a car with dark windows slowed down and the people in the car tried to talk to you? What should you do?”
Children should learn proper procedures if they get separated from parents or their friends while in a public place. All children should keep their parents informed about who they’re with and what their plans are. Parents should never place their children’s names on personal items, as these could be used improperly by strangers.
McGruff Safe Kits are a no-brainer for keeping your child safe. Click here[link] to get yours today.