Tips from Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police encourage parents to be be careful and not let their guard down or become distracted while traveling or shopping with their children during the holiday season.

The Oregon State Police Missing Children Clearinghouse (NCMEC) urges parents to develop a plan in case faced with unsafe situations, speak with their children and avoid potential dangers with the following tips:

Always ...

• Accompany and supervise children in public facilities, including restrooms.

• Have a plan in case you become separated, including a pre-designated spot to meet.

• Teach children to look for people who can help, such as a uniformed security officer, salesperson or mother with children.

• Remind children to remain in the area where they become separated.

Never ...

• Dress children in clothing that displays their first or last names, prompting attention from people looking for an opportunity to start a conversation.

• Leave children in toy stores or public facilities expecting supervision from store personnel.

• Allow younger children to shop on their own to purchase surprise gifts for friends or family members.

• Drop off older children at a mall or public place without agreeing on a clear plan for picking them up, including where, what time and what to do in case of a change in plans.

Travel tips ...

If your child is flying or riding a train or bus alone this holiday season, NCMEC urges parents to remember:

• When you make reservations for your child, specify that the child will be traveling alone.

• Whenever possible, book a nonstop flight or direct route. Avoid booking the last flight of the day.

• Make sure children travel with proper ID and parent or guardian contact information.

• Encourage children not to become too friendly with other passengers or to reveal any personal information.

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