Lansing, Mich. (WXYZ) - Michigan State Police are sharing tips to keep children safe in an effort to promote Amber Alert Awareness Week.
The Amber Alert system connects law enforcement and the media when a child goes missing.
Citizens can opt to download the alert system app to their cell phones . The app sends users alerts with details about the missing child and suspect.
The Michigan State Police suggest a number of ways to keep children safe:
- Parents should teach their children that if something makes them feel uneasy or uncomfortable, they should get away quickly and tell their parents or a trusted adult about what happened.
- Parents should teach their children that it is okay to be suspicious of an adult asking for assistance, since many child predators use this technique to isolate and distract a possible child victim.
- Children should know their home address and telephone number, and know how to contact their parents if there is an emergency.
- Parents should teach their children how to dial "911" when asking for help in an emergency.
While these preventative measures work, the alert system has helped to find 320 children and "safely" return them to their homes.
The Michigan State Police said it encourages people to learn more about the Amber Alert System by visiting www.michigan.gov/msp . The state police also said that it is important to stay up to date on active Amber Alerts by visiting www.amberalertmichigan.org