Thursday, May 28, 2009

Safe Steps to Protect Florida's Children

A Parent's Guide to Online Safety, Child Abduction, and Runaway Issues

Message from the Office of the Attorney General

Parents and Guardians, The safety of Florida’s citizens, especially our most vulnerable, is a top priority of the Office of the Attorney General. It is for this purpose that we are presenting a new tool that deals with the safety of our children. 

SAFE STEPS is designed with parents in mind as they pursue their primary responsibility of protecting the youngest members of their family. Over the past year, we went into elementary schools throughout the state to train children - as well as their parents - on child abduction prevention strategies. They were introduced to the concept of a “bad stranger” based on a person’s actions instead of their appearance. An important area where parents must be involved with their children is the use of the Internet. It is not uncommon for young children to fall prey to Internet predators who have the influence and the ability to lure children into situations and circumstances that are harmful. News reports have detailed instances where a child has been lured out of their home, across state lines, and even across international borders. SAFE STEPS can assist in minimizing the risks so that families will not suffer a similar fate. This publication contains valuable information and resources that may be of assistance to you and your children. We hope you find this useful. 

Office of the Attorney General PL-01, 
The Capitol Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050