According to the Department Justice reports, the number of children reported missing each day is more than 2,000, and this might go higher over the next several years. The department released a report that states more than 797, 000 children, all under the age of 18 years. Some of the cases were of children who were victims of family abduction yet cases of children who were victims of non-family related abductions were lower.
The most disheartening cases where those of children who were victims of stereotype kidnapping. Often such cases involve someone the child knows or has a slight acquaintance with, who takes the child either for ransom, rapes the child, or worse keeps or kills the child.
Yes, the statistics are startling to say the least. In as much as the percentages in relation to the risk of a child being kidnapped or going missing is relative low, it is important to accept that it is a notable risk. It is important for parents to take the right measure to protect their children. Do not wait to act when your child is among the statistics.
Even by overlooking such negative outcomes, children can get lost and may lack the capacity to give the necessary information that would otherwise see them reunited with their loved ones. One trending measure that parents can take is to give their children Identification cards. The cards are a source of information that people of goodwill can use to identify the child in case they come across him or her. The information can range from an actual photo of the child and the child’s medical information to any unique body marks on the child and physical information about the child (color of the eyes and hair, height, weight, and skin color).
A child ID card is not just for the child but also an important item for parents to carry around. For instance, if a child wanders off without the parents knowing, the parents can use the card to aid in finding the child. They can give the card to the police or relevant authorities who will use the information on the card to search for the child.
We leave in a society where a child can easily get lost or go missing. A child ID card can greatly increase the chances of the child being found. It is important to remember that, the child will grow thus undergoing various changes during that process. Hence, the ID card should be updated annually or after every two to three years depending on the changes, which even include medical conditions. A Child ID card should contain the following information:
• A clear Photo
• Home address
• Age of the child
• Name of school the child attends
• The Color of the hair and eyes
• Location Identifying marks on the child’s body
• Contacts with at least two phone number
• Any medication the child is taking
• All known allergies
• The doctors’ name and contacts
While the child ID card will have all the necessary information, it helps also to have some of that information on the phone, a recent picture of your child in particular. Given that most people use mobile phones to access the internet; parents can upload the picture on social media and a copy of the child’s ID for well-wishers to use in the search.
Sometimes, it might not be a case related to kidnapping or a child getting lost. It may be a medical emergency. For instance, a child with a medical complication or allergies gets an expected episode while walking to or from school or home rendering him or her unconscious. Alternatively, it might be an accident while in the park and the child’s injuries render him or her unconscious.
Both cases are a fine example of how handy the information of the child’s ID card can help to save his or her life. The nature of the child’s health issues will aid the First Responders to know that to do, and the contact information will help them know who to call and inform about the child’s current situation. Countless examples can be given that will strongly express the need for parents or guardians to consider giving and advocating for their children to carry ID cards.