Local law enforcement encourages families to Take 25 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/25/10

Local law enforcement encourages families to Take 25

WOLFFORTH, TX (KCBD) -

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

WOLFFORTH, TX (KCBD) - Local authorities encourage you to take 25 minutes to talk about safety with your children Tuesday.  It's part of an initiative to coincide with National Missing Children's Day.

National Missing Children's Day started back in 1983 in honor of Etan Patz. He disappeared on May 25th, 1979 from a New York street corner on his way to school. Patz has never been found, but his case sparked new legislation, awareness, and ways to track missing children.

Now, National Missing Children's Day is used to remind parents, guardians, and others to make child safety a priority. Lots of parents take part in free fingerprint and ID programs offered here on the South Plains, but experts say talking is also key.

The Take 25 initiative encourages folks to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety, with a focus on prevention.  Wolfforth Police Officer Ray Scifres says it's important to address these issues no matter where you live.

"Problems exist everywhere.  It's not something where you have these issues in larger areas, they do exist in the smaller areas too. So, you want your kids to know where to stay away from and what they should not be doing," Scifres said.

Scifres says Take 25 is not just for children. He says a lot of the tips are geared to educate parents and guardians as well. "Things like don't personalize backpacks or lunch boxes or things that kids will wear that puts them on a first name bases with someone who doesn't know them," Scifres said. 

The Take 25 initiative has a variety of free resources for anyone to take advantage of.  (Click Here) to learn more.

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