Abduction Prevention Education Kit for New York
To increase awareness and help prevent child abductions, the NetSmartz Workshop, a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), has created videos and corresponding classroom activities focused on real-world safety. These prevention resources can be used by educators to teach students how to better protect themselves on the way to and from school, while at home, or playing outside.
“Know the Rules” teaches the basic rules of real-world safety: check first with your parents or guardian; take a friend with you when going places; tell people “NO” if they make you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused; and tell a trusted adult if anything happens that makes you feel this way.
“Way 2 Go” teaches children how to travel to and from school safely, including walking, taking the bus, and what to do if offered a ride from anyone.
“Beat the Tricks” focuses on the most common tricks used to entice children into dangerous situations. Children are taught to be aware of people who use pets, candy, or gifts to trick them.
Middle and High School Materials
“Julie’s Journey” is the true story of a girl who was manipulated by a convicted murderer and convinced to leave home with him. Julie regrets her decision to put herself at risk by running away and gives suggestions for teens who find themselves in similar situations.
“Amy’s Choice” is the true story of a 15-year-old girl who left home to meet in person with a man she met online. The video addresses the possible consequences of running away and making risky choices.
“Survivor Diaries” addresses the online victimization of males. Teens who have been victims of exploitation tell their stories and encourage other teens to talk to a trusted adult if they have been exploited in any way.
Real-World Safety Pledges aim to facilitate in-depth discussions about real-world safety rules for children and teens.