The State of Kentucky’s missing child site has “… a page designed to provide safety tips to parents, give direction for those whose child is missing, and offer links to the web site of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This origination provides a centralized clearinghouse for data on missing children….”
One of the sections lists tips for prevention but it is a little confusing as to what the tips are trying to prevent. Non-the-less it is good advice.
Tips for Prevention
Share quality time with each child, listen, and guide them through difficult periods.
Exercise plenty of patience, love and understanding.
Take their worries and fears seriously.
Pay attention when they ask for help and realize these requests for help may not be in the form of a simple verbal plea.
Note the following warning signs and be aware of them.
Confront signs of trouble in a direct and calm manner.
Discuss your concern and the consequences of continued unacceptable behavior.
Listen and discuss calmly – try not to lecture.
Talk with your child’s teachers and parents of their friends. Often, helpful insights can result.