"Take 25" Event to Educate Parents on Child Safety
Kennewick -- Friday is National Missing Children's Day. It is also "Take 25" in the Tri-Cities. Take 25 is a nationwide initiative which encourages parents and educators to take 25 minutes a day to educate children about personal safety.
In Kennewick, the event will take place at Columbia Park's Playground of Dreams between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, and will include Richland officers. Pasco will hold a separate event Friday.
The necessity for the program is illustrated in a recent study conducted by the Roper organization. It indicated that of 1000 parents and grandparents questioned, half found education about child exploition of major importance. When questioned about how they would grade themselves on their efforts to educate their children and grandchildren about the dangers, overall they gave themselves a B-.
Seargeant Scott Child with the Kennewick Police Department said Thursday, "There are criminals in our community who want to do harm to people. That's never going to stop. We can do everything we can to hunt people down when it happens and put them behind bars where they belong."
He added, "One thing we want to get across is how can we avoid becoming a victim in the first place, before it happens."
Friday at the Playground of Dreams, local law enforcers, educators in sexual assault and domestic violence experts will provide information and assistance to parents who have been reticent about educating their kids. Take 25 encourages them to take just 25 minutes to get their kids prepared, should they be confronted by danger.