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National Missing Children's Day
A balloon launch marking the 781 children currently missing in Ohio was among the events at the “28th Annual National Missing Children’s Day”, at the Columbus Preparatory Academy on May 25.
National Missing Children’s Day began in 1983 following a series of high profile cases of child abduction, abuse and murder. The day continues to focus the nation’s attention on the dangers faced by children and ways to help keep them safe.
“If a child goes missing, it’s devastating,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “That’s why we work hard every day to help keep kids safe, and to help find them if they are separated from their loved ones.”
The latest step taken by DeWine is to include photos of missing children on envelopes used by sections of his office. Upwards of 100,000 envelopes sent monthly will feature the pictures, helping to increase the chances that the missing are found.
In 2010, there were 19,019 documented reports of missing children in Ohio. Of those, 98 percent were recovered safely.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recommends the following safety tips:
- Make sure children know their full name and address.
- Children should know how, and when, to call 911.
- When home alone, kids should keep doors locked and not open the door for anyone.
- Know how your child is able to access the Internet – at home and elsewhere.
- Practice “what if” situations. For example, “What if you fell off your bike and needed help?”
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