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Prevention Education & Professional Training

Overview

As the national clearinghouse on missing and exploited children issues, NCMEC is uniquely situated to identify trends and create educational resources to address the changing needs of children, families, and communities. NCMEC provides safety and prevention resources for families and child-serving professionals focusing on the topics of online and real-world safety, including skills on how to handle a variety of situations ranging from staying home alone to knowing what to do in case of an emergency, to abduction and child sexual exploitation prevention.

 

Questions?  Contact NCMEC’s Outreach and Prevention staff via email, outreach@ncmec.org.

By the Numbers

NCMEC has trained over

350,000

child serving professionals.

Over

200,000

kids have seen "Into the Cloud".

KidSmartz resources have been viewed across

all 50 states and

170 countires.

 

Prevention Programs

NCMEC provides safety and prevention resources for families and child-serving professionals focusing on the topics of online and real-world safety, including skills on how to handle a variety of situations ranging from staying home alone to knowing what to do in case of an emergency, to abduction and child sexual exploitation prevention.

NetSmartz Online Safety Program

NetSmartz® is an educational program that teaches children ages 5-17 about online safety and digital citizenship. NetSmartz offers free, age-appropriate resources including videos, games, presentations, and classroom lessons to help children learn essential digital citizenship skills and how to protect themselves and their friends online. NetSmartz also has resources for parents and other trusted adults who need assistance talking to children about technology or on how to protect them online.

Watch NCMEC's Newest Educational Series "Into the Cloud"

KidSmartz Personal Safety Program

KidSmartz® is a child safety program that educates families about preventing abduction and empowers kids in grades K-5 to practice safer behaviors. This program offers resources to help parents, caregivers, and teachers protect children by teaching and practicing the Four Rules of Personal Safety using tips, printable activities, quizzes, articles, music, videos, and more. 

Safety Central App

Through NCMEC’s Safety Central App, users can access a digital Child ID kit, stay up-to-date on NCMEC’s latest safety information, and help search for missing children. At its core, Safety Central is a digital Child ID kit that allows parents to keep critical information about their child, such as digital fingerprints and updated photos, stored and available right at their fingertips. No smartphone? No Problem! Download our printable Child ID kit here.

Professional Training and Resources

NCMEC provides safety and prevention resources for families and child-serving professionals focusing on the topics of online and real-world safety, including skills on how to handle a variety of situations ranging from staying home alone to knowing what to do in case of an emergency, to abduction and child sexual exploitation prevention.

Online Training Courses

NCMEC CONNECT is your virtual gateway to on-demand trainings, resources and best practices related to missing and exploited children. Access our learning platform to build your knowledge set around these issues to better protect children in your community. 

Read the NCMEC CONNECT User Guide & FAQs

Classroom Training Courses

NCMEC hosts in-person learning for child-serving professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of response to and prevention of missing and exploited children's issues.

In-person classes through 2021 are canceled due to COVID-19.

CODE ADAM

Code Adam, a program named in memory of Adam Walsh, is designed to help businesses and other establishments ensure that they have safety protocols in place to respond quickly and effectively to situations involving a missing child. It is now one of the largest child safety protocols being implemented in tens of thousands of establishments across the nation and provides critical guidance to employees on how to handle reports of missing children on the premises.

Missing Kids Readiness Program (MKRP)

MKRP promotes best practices for responding to calls of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children. Agencies will be recognized by the NCMEC for meeting essential training and policy elements demonstrating preparedness for responding to a missing child incident.

Requests

Training Request

If you are interested in hosting a NCMEC training program, submit your request.

 

Event Request

Complete the Community Event, Conference, and Training Request Form to request NCMEC representation at your next community or conference event.

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Children with Autism

Finding and safely recovering a missing child with Autism or other special needs presents unique and difficult challenges for families, law enforcement, first responders and search teams. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has special search protocols and checklists to help first responders.  In addition, NCMEC has translated our NetSmartz  and KidSmartz Safety Rules into SymbolStix.

 

Disaster Preparedness

Families may become separated during the chaos of a disaster, especially when evacuation is required. It is important to plan for your family’s safety. Be sure your child ID Kits are complete, then download and print your Disaster Safety Tips!

Learn more about disaster preparedness!

 

Safe To Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse

NCMEC’s Safe to Compete program provides youth sports organizations and families of child athletes with resources and best practices to help protect children from sexual abuse. Visit the SafeToCompete website.

 

Publications

Browse all of NCMEC’s child safety and prevention publications.