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If your child is flying or riding a train or bus alone this holiday season, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) urges parents to remember the following travel safety tips:

  • When you make reservations for your child, specify that the child will
    be traveling alone.
  • Whenever possible, book a non-stop flight or direct route. Avoid booking the last flight of the day.
  • Plan to visit the airport, train or bus terminal prior to departure. Let your child know what to expect, so the experience will not be so intimidating.
  • In case of delay or cancellation, remain at the station or gate until the train, plane or bus departs.
  • Make sure children travel with proper identification and parents or guardian contact information.
  • Always have a back-up plan for the person or people meeting the plane at the destination, in case they are delayed.
  • Encourage children not to become too friendly with other passengers or to reveal any personal information.
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The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has a section on their website offering a few rules for parents and kids. If you need a quick refresher on issues to discuss, this may be a great place to start.

Know the Rules…Series

Know the Rules
Describes four basic safety messages for teens

Know the Rules…Abduction and Kidnapping
Safety tips and guidelines for parents and guardians to help prevent abduction

Know the Rules…Amusement or Theme Parks
Steps for parents and children to take when in an amusement or theme park

Know the Rules…Displacement in Natural Disasters
Tips designed to help child victims of natural disasters acclimate to a new environment and caregivers provide the best assistance possible

Know the Rules…Door-to-Door Solicitation
Child-safety guidelines for children participating in door-to-door solicitation

Know the Rules…Flying Unaccompanied
Rules to help make the flying experience for your child safer

Know the Rules…For Children Who Are Home Alone
Important points parents should consider prior to allowing their child to be unsupervised after school

Know the Rules…General Tips Parents and Guardians
General tips for parents and guardians

Know the Rules…Going To/From School More Safely
Tips to help parents prepare their children for a safer journey to and from school

Know the Rules…Halloween Safety Tips
Safety tips for a more fun and safe Halloween

Know the Rules…Holiday Safety Tips
Safety tips for the holidays and when shopping

Know the Rules…Summer Safety Tips for Children
Safety tips for a more fun and safe summer

Know the Rules…Summer Safety Tips for Parents/Guardians
Safety tips for parents and guardians to consider to help make their children’s summers more fun and safe.

Know the Rules…Traveling Outside Of/To the United States

Preparation and safety tips designed to help make traveling outside of and to the United States safer

Know the Rules…Traveling Unaccompanied Bus/Train
Rules to help make travel by bus or train safer for your child

Know the Rules…Youth Sports
Guidelines for parents whose children participate in sports activities

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