- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 27, 2002

Books

• "Raising Safe Kids in an Unsafe World," by Jan Wagner, Yello Dyno Publishing, 1996. This book serves as a teaching tool to tell parents how to teach their children to say no, recognize lures and distinguish which adults to approach for help.

• "Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane)," by Gavin de Becker, Dell Books, 2000. The author says much of the knowledge necessary to protect oneself is intuitive, and he tells how parents can help children understand this "gift."

Associations

• National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to parents, children, law enforcement, schools and the community in recovering missing children and raising public awareness about ways to help prevent child abduction, molestation and sexual exploitation. Address: 699 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Phone: 703/274-3900. Web site: www.missingkids.com.

• The nonprofit Polly Klaas Foundation is involved in a number of aspects surrounding child safety including assistance in the recovery of missing children; support and regulatory protection for children; and education, technical assistance and support for the public to prevent crimes against children. Address: PO Box 800, Petaluma, CA 94953. Phone: 707/769-1334. Web site: www.pollyklaas.org.

• The Children's Safety Network National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center consists of four resource centers funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services. It provides technical assistance, training and resources to maternal and child health and other injury prevention professionals in an extensive effort to reduce the burden of injury and violence to the nation's children and adolescents. Address: 1250 24th St. NW, Suite 270, Washington, D.C. 20037. Phone: 202/466-0540. Web site: www.edc.org/HHD/csn. The site offers resources and links.

Online

• Safer Child Inc., a nonprofit information and referral resource dedicated to the health and safety of children, has a Web site (www.saferchild.org) that provides up-to-date information for parents and caregivers. The site includes a section called "Teaching Your Child."

• Lisa Carter and Lori Marques, authors of child safety books, have created a Web site called the Paranoid Sisters Child Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers (paranoidsisters.com), which contains child safety articles and tips. The sisters have six children between the two of them.

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