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Merrimack Valley

May 15, 2013

Police to host safety awards banquet

NORTH ANDOVER — The Police Department will host an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. tomorrow to honor students who created posters that remind young people of the dangers they face in today’s world, including abductions, sexual exploitation and Internet predators.

The students being honored were the winners of the department’s Take 25 poster contest. Take 25 is a preventive child safety campaign created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in honor of National Missing Children’s Day. Observed every May 25, this day serves as a reminder to the nation to make child safety a top priority.

Designed to raise awareness of missing and exploited children, the Take 25 campaign encourages parents, guardians, educators and others to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety.

The awards will be presented in the Community Room of the North Andover police station and all are welcome to attend and congratulate the artists who designed the winning posters.

25 ways to make kids safer

At home

Teach your children their full names, address, and home telephone number. Make sure they know your full name.

Make sure your children know how to reach you at work or on your cell phone.

Teach your children how and when to use 911 and make sure they have a trusted adult to call if they’re scared or have an emergency.

Instruct children to keep the door locked and not to open the door to talk to anyone when they are home alone. Set rules with your children about having visitors over when you’re not home and how to answer the telephone.

Choose baby sitters with care. Obtain references from family, friends, and neighbors. Once you have chosen the caregiver, drop in unexpectedly to see how your children are doing. Ask children how the experience with the caregiver was and listen carefully to their responses.

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