Child Abduction In The United States

In the United States of America, every 40 seconds, a child gets abducted or goes missing. In most of these situations, the cases resolve within a few hours. However, there are cases when a child goes missing, for a prolonged period, sometimes permanently.

According to the Missing Children's Act, 1982, a missing child is defined as "any person younger than 18 whose whereabouts are unknown to their legal custodian, usually when the circumstances indicate the child was removed without the legal custodian's control or consent."

Kidnapping means taking away a person and holding them in captivity. It is one of the most vicious crimes. Irrespective of the level of development, this issue affects all the countries globally. The statistics about kidnappings are unfortunate. The majority of victims abducted by strangers end up getting killed soon after the abduction.

In the past years, the thoughts about crime in the United States have changed. The motives for the crimes and the harm done to the victims have been unimaginable. There has been an elevation in the number of kidnappings over the twentieth century. The concern towards child's safety and the anxiety about the vulnerability of children in today's world is at its peak. Child abduction is a crime deeply entangled in the world today.

When a child doesn't return home from school or park, it is their parent's worst nightmare. Unfortunately, statistics show that this nightmare turned to be true. There have been cases of abductions when the children got kidnapped and never came home again. The thought that their child will get abducted doesn't let parents sleep peacefully at night. It creates frightful fears in the minds of parents and children. Whether done by a family member or by a stranger with unknown motives, child abduction can have very tortuous and disturbing effects on the victim. The dangers in the modern world encourage the thought that parents should be even more alert to defend their children against abduction and kidnappings.

Trends In The Cases Of Child Abduction

According to Child Find of America, approximately 2300 children are reported missing in the United States daily. In 2020 itself, an estimate of 400000 juveniles got abducted. Though there have been enormous improvements in the recovery of missing children, especially in developed countries, it doesn't undermine the alarming facts about child abduction.

  • 1. As per Q13FOX, the first three hours after child abduction are the most critical for finding the child. According to statistics, around 74% of the victims that get killed in child abductions are murdered in the first three hours.
  • In 2020, almost 400000 juveniles got abducted in the US. (Statista) Out of those, the number of girls abducted was higher than the male juveniles kidnapped
  • According to Reuters, 71% of the non-family or stranger abductions happen on the way to or from the school. In most non-family abductions, strangers kidnap the child outdoors, such as on their way to school, in the street, in parks, etc
  • Each year, three in a thousand children get abducted by their family members. (Source: Journalist Secure) As per the statistics of the United States, children are abducted more often by their non-custodial parents or any other family member than by a stranger.
  • Most abductions happen in the afternoon. (Q13fox) In contrast to the belief that generally, kidnapping happens during the night, most child abductions occur in the afternoon, before it's dark.
  • Almost all the children abducted by strangers turned out to be taken by men. (Kids Health) Most of the kidnappers not known to the child were men. And about two-thirds of the victims abducted by male strangers were girls.
  • The compelling statistics mentioned above depict the severity of the crime. Let us dive into the types of child abduction and the facts related to them.

Types of Child Abduction

1. Stranger Abductions

Stranger abductions happen when someone who is not the child's relative abducts a child without lawful authority or the permission of parents to keep the child permanently. It accounts for 28% of the total kidnappings of children. It is considered to be a more serious crime as it can be potentially life threatening to the child who has been abducted by a stranger. Non-family abductions are different from stereotypical kidnappings in which the abduction is committed by a stranger or an acquaintance, and the child is transported for 50 or more miles, confined for at least one night, kept for ransom, and in the most extreme cases, sexually assaulted or killed. Law enforcement departments prioritize such offenses and allocate ample resources to locate and recover the children abducted by strangers. Here are some statistics about stranger abductions, from Child Find Of America.

  • In strangers abductions, 81% of children were 12 years old or elder
  • Among the children abducted, the majority of them were female
  • 86% of the offenders were male
  • Approximately 50% of all the victims abducted were sexually assaulted shows the statistics for the abductions by the percentages of who the abductor is in non-family abductions.

identity of Perpetrator in No-Family Aductions

2. Family Abductions

Family abduction is committed by one of the child's parents or other family members. The parents of the abducted child could be involved in controversial divorce or custody procedures. In family abduction, the child may be kept by a parent longer than the allotted visiting period. The parent may also pick the child from the daycare or school and not return them. In such cases, the child may go with the parent and the teachers or daycare providers may not realize that the child is being abducted. Family abductions may also involve another family member kidnapping the child and physically or sexually abusing them. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, around 200,000 of the 260,000 children abducted each year are seized by a parent or family member. Such type of abductions are very severe crimes and can have destructive impacts on children and the whole family. Following are some statistics about family abductions.

  • Around 78% of the family abductions are committed by non custodial parents
  • 21% of the abductions were carried out by other family members or relatives
  • 35% of the children being abducted were 6-11 years old
  • Around 42% of the children abducted were living with single parent
  • 66% of the children were taken by a male relative

The NISMART Survey, 2002-Dept. of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency shows statistics about the ages of the child abducted in family abductions.

Estimated Number of Family Abducted Childresn by Age of Child, 2002

The survey also shows the relation between the victim and the abductor in family abductions.

Family Abducted Childresn by Relationship type, 2020

Indicators Of Risk

1. Stranger Abductions

Child abductions or kidnappings by strangers are the most difficult to predict. But, parents and guardians can reduce the risk of child abductions by identifying some signs.

First, let us understand why stranger abductions may occur. It is very difficult to determine the actual reason for abduction until the child is found. However, almost all of the cases are driven by any of the following reasons:

  • Sexual Intent
    Most of the abductions committed by strangers are driven by the perpetrator's sexual interest in the child. The abductor can also be someone whom a child knows such as any other family member, friend, or acquaintance. The actual cause of sexual motives may differ. The abductor may have some mental problems due to which they abduct children for their sexual desires. Or someone who abuses children because they are easier to target.
  • Aggression And Violence
    Such abductions are driven by the offender's will to dominate and cause harm to the child and their family.
  • Mental Health Problems
    Offenders with critical mental health problems or disorders commit such types of child abductions. Example: a female offender abducting a newborn child thinking that the baby is her own.
  • Financial Motive
    In these types of abductions, the offender intends to gain money from the abduction by demanding ransom.
  • Organized Crime
    Children can be abducted as a part of the organized crime of human trafficking, especially in the cases of stranger abductions.

2. Online Crimes

Young people and children nowadays use social media platforms to communicate with their friends and make new ones. However, several online predators interact with children, leading to real-life contacts and serious crimes. Let's dive into the statistics from the Child Crime Prevention & Safety Center.

  • There are around 500000 online predators active every single day.
  • Children between 12-15 years of age are vulnerable to being groomed and manipulated by the people they meet online.
  • More than 50% of the victims of sexual exploitation are 12-15 years old.
  • About 4% of the children receive solicitations online that include attempts to contact children in real life.

According to the investigations of the FBI, child abductors can use social media platforms, and networks to initiate contact and gain information about a child before the abduction. In some cases, children are groomed online and lured to meet the abductor in person, leading them to be taken away forcefully. Since the internet is available to all groups, potential abductors pretend to be someone of the victim's age group, creating a false relationship online. For most social media platforms, the minimum age for using the websites is 13 years old, but children can find several ways to use the platform. Open Source research shows that 22% of teenagers log into their social media accounts more than 10 times a day. And about 50% of the children log in at least once a day. Factors such as peer pressure and limited understanding, make children highly vulnerable to falling prey to child abductors while using social media.

Though the number of child abductions in which the offenders use social media for contacting the victims is less, the risk of detecting them immediately is also much lower. The FBI expects that the percentage of child abductions through contact initiated online will increase in the future.

Here is how online predators operate:

  • Adult predators visit social media platforms that are popular with children and young people. Such predators pretend to be younger by using fake profile pictures. They try to acquire the child's trust by talking about similar interests, complementing them, and offering gifts and chocolates.
  • Once the groomer establishes an online relationship with the child, they drive the conversation towards sexual context. They may also pressurize the child to take explicit photos and videos and send them.
  • The groomer will pressurize the child to meet in real life and may even In the most extreme cases, the groomer will pressure the child to meet in person and may even travel for the meeting. The groomer may also blackmail the child or threaten to release their private photos and videos.
  • If the groomer is able to initiate contact and invite the child for an in-person meeting, they may abduct the child and take them away. In this way, child grooming may lead to abduction.

The following statistics from show the trends in the increase in the cases of online enticement.

Online Enticement Reports

In the year 2020, the rate of incidents involving online enticement has increased by 97.5%.

3. Parental Abductions

According to a report by NISMART on children abducted by family members, fifty-three percent of family abductions of children were done by their biological father, and 25 percent by their biological mother. And shockingly 43% of the children who were abducted by family members were not considered to be missing by their caretakers because the whereabouts of the children were known or they were not alarmed by the situation.

As per a study published by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention title as Early Identification of Risk Factors for Parental Abduction, here are the profiles of parents who are likely to abduct their child:

Profile 1: In this profile, a parent has given prior threats of abducting the child or has a history of hiding, snatching, or preventing visits to the other parent. In such cases, there is mistrust between parents, and the chances of custody violations are higher. The abduction and of the child and fleeing away could be in the cases when:

  • The parent is homeless, unemployed, and does not have any financial relations in the area where the child is living.
  • The parent has revealed the plan to abduct the child and has support from friends and family that will help the parent to survive in hiding after the abduction.
  • The parent has made a withdrawal of the funds on credit cards, borrowed money, or cashed assets.

Profile 2: In this profile, the parent believes that their child is being abused, and the friends and family members support this suspicion. Several parents seize their children because they think that the other parent is not taking care of the child well. They even believe that their child is being molested, abused, and neglected. The parents abducting their child feel that the officials haven't investigated their allegations. Assuming that abuse has occurred and will continue to happen, such people abduct the child to rescue them with the help of their supporters. Such supporters may include family, friends, or underground networks that help the abducting parents to hide safely and survive, or in some instances, get new identities. In the cases when the parent abductor belongs to this profile, the abduction can psychologically harm the other parent and the child, possibly leaving their relationship in the necessity of serious repair.

Profile 3: In such cases, the parent is paranoid. Though only a small percentage of parent abductors fall into this profile, there is a higher risk of harm to the child, sometimes even leading to death. Parents who are paranoid hold irrational delusions that the other parent will harm the child. They may also feel betrayed by their partner and have an urgent need to take necessary steps to protect themselves and their child. Psychotic parents don't consider the child to be a separate person. They think that the child is a part of themselves, a victim. So they take action to rescue their child. In other cases, psychotic parents may think the child to be a part of other parents who they detest. In such cases, they may abandon the child or even kill them. The psychotic parent offenders who abduct their child are generally triggered by marital separation or custodial conflicts. It may not only result in parental abduction but also homicide.

Profile 4: The parent abductor belonging to this profile is sociopathic. The parents in this category have a history of outrageous violations of the law and hatred for officials of the legal system. They are highly manipulative and exploitative. Such people are likely to hold beliefs about their superiority and are satisfied by controlling others. The child abducting parents in this profile often use their children as a means of revenge or as trophies in the fight with their partners. Sociopathic parents don't hesitate in abducting, controlling, and abusing their children. They also believe that they should be punished for their actions. Like paranoia, this profile is rare to diagnose.

Profile 5: A parent who is a citizen of another country ends marriage with the citizen of another country, and has strong connections to their family in the country of origin, have been recognized as potential parent abductors. The risk of child abduction is very less at the time of divorce. Eventually, they may need to return to their country of origin to find emotional support. In such cases, the parent may abduct the child and take them along to their country. Through this way, the abducting parent provides their cultural identity to the child.

Profile 6: Parent abductors belonging to this profile feel alienated from the legal system and have support from other communities. Such abductors fall into the following five subgroups:

  • Subgroup 1. Parents who are poor, not educated, and lack knowledge about abductions and custody laws.
  • Subgroup 2. Parents who can't afford access to the legal system. They may also have a negative experience with the criminal courts.
  • Subgroup 3. Parents who belong to certain religious or ethnic groups don't believe that childrearing is gender-neutral and both parents have equal rights over the child.
  • Subgroup 4. A mother who has an unmarried relationship with her child’s father and sees the child as her property, and her extended family and friends support this view.
  • Subgroup 5. Parents who are victims of domestic violence are likely to abduct their children, especially when the courts have failed to take action to protect them from abuse.

Impact of Abduction On Children

Child abduction, whether it's family or stranger abduction, may be a traumatic experience for a child and can leave a deep impact for a lifetime. The children who have been maltreated during abduction are likely to manifest a variety of social and psychological handicaps. It makes the victim vulnerable to outside influences and undergoes conditions such as depression, anger, loss of trust, etc. Let's dive into some of the problems that a victim of child abduction may not go away with time:

Fear and Phobias

Most of the phobias found in children are extreme and aren't due to external factors. The fears of situations that aren't harmful may be due to fantasies and thoughts. But these thoughts when paired with real-life things may produce fear. When a child is abducted by a parent, almost everything familiar to them gets taken away, including a parent, friends, teachers, house, toys, personal items, etc. Going into a completely new environment without any preparation and the fear of future events, physical and emotional safety can become excessive. Most of the time, the victims aren't able to deal with the threats and the child may develop even more fears and anxiety.


In the case of a child, it might be difficult to understand the guilt felt by them. Victims of child abductions and survivors of sexual abuse may feel guilty due to several reasons. They might feel guilty for feeling pleasure, or for legal consequences to the perpetrator especially if the abductor is known to them. In the cases of divorce and family abductions, a child may feel responsible for the division of the family.

Learned Helplessness

When abducted, the child may have to undergo punishment even without doing anything wrong. The child victim may not even know why he or she has been abducted and have no control over what's happening. Though the child might be feeling extremely angry, and frustrated but the helplessness to do anything may lead to complete desolation. Such children come to believe that they are helpless to control any situation, so they do not try, even when they have a chance.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

The victims of child abduction and sexual abuse may show symptoms of acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. A person may suffer from such a condition when they experience events that involve a serious injury or a threat to their physical integrity, or when their response involves excessive fear, horror, or helplessness. The symptoms of such a condition include anxiety, sleeping problems, poor concentration, etc. Most of the time, the daily functioning of the individual is also disturbed and they might not be able to carry out necessary tasks.


Comprehensive research findings show that stress from childhood trauma may harm biological and mental health. Extended stress has been documented to modify cardiovascular systems, hormonal systems, and immune systems. Visible stress symptoms may occur much later in life when the child becomes an adult. In children, extensive stress may result in behaviors like bedwetting, clinginess, excessive crying, etc.

Other common responses in the victims of child abduction include nightmares, avoidance of reminders of the incident, or repeated imitations of the trauma. Most of the time, anxiety and unrest might be misunderstood as behavioral problems. These symptoms might be temporary for the while, but must be treated whenever they occur.

Preventing Child Abduction

Being Aware

As a parent, it is essential to pay attention to the following types of people:

  • People who are around at places where children play such as playgrounds and parks, but they don't accompany any one particular child.
  • Any person who engages with and pays unnatural attention to the children living in your area.
  • Any person who crosses limits in efforts to associate with a child. Example gifts, chocolates, inappropriate jokes, etc.
  • Any person that you know professionally such as who tries to increase the contact with the child beyond their job role. Example: A maid offering to have a sleepover or a tuition teacher proposing to babysit.

Talking To The Children

Teaching kids to be alert and aware of strangers may fill them with anxiety or fear. Communicating with the children from time to time, talking about their safety, and teaching them to avoid and escape potentially dangerous situations is very essential. Right from a very early age, the following points should be told to the children.

  • Never accept any gifts, chocolates, or candies from an unknown person.
  • Never go anywhere with an unknown person, even if it seems to be fun. Abductors can lure children by asking questions like "Do you want to play hide and seek?" or "Do you want to see a puppy?" Children should always know that strangers should never ask them for help.
  • Shout and run away if anyone tries to force them into a car.
  • Say no to any person who tries to touch in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Tell you or another trustworthy adult if any stranger makes them feel uneasy or asks for personal details. Children should know that it's okay to tell their parents even if a stranger threatens them or they have made a promise not to tell.
  • Ask for permission from a parent always before leaving the house or going to someone else's house.

Along with teaching the above things to the child, also do the following:

  • Ensure that the children know their name, address, phone number, and emergency contact. Tell them what to do if they get lost in a store or a public place. They should never go out looking for you and ask for help from the cashier or help desk.
  • Show them around the neighborhood and point out the houses of friends or trustworthy people. These will be the places where they can go when in trouble.
  • Tell them not to ride with anyone and give them codewords for caretakers that no one except their parents could know. Ensure that your kids know that they may not ride in any car which isn't theirs.
  • If your kids stay at home, be sure that they lock the doors from inside. If anyone knocks from the outside, they should never tell that they are alone at home.

For parents, it is always wise to stay alert.

  • Have the photos of children taken every six months and have them fingerprinted.
  • Keep custody documents in line and make sure they are accessible.
  • Update the child's dental and medical records from time to time.
  • Be aware of the child's activities on the internet and tell them not to reveal any personal details.
  • Supervise the children in public places. Remind them where they can go and where they can't.
  • Do not leave children in a car alone, even for a minute.
  • Choose babysitters and nannies carefully after checking their references.
  • Discuss it beforehand with the child and the school if you have arranged for someone else to pick the child up.
  • Do not dress the child in clothing that has their name on it as children are likely to trust the people who know what their names are.

Abduction Prevention Training

Opposite to the common belief, most child abductions don't involve force. The abductors befriend the child and lure him or her to go with them. Considering the perpetrator to be a friendly person, the child goes along with them. Researches have revealed that without any abduction prevention training, almost all preschoolers or children tend to walk away with strangers. Children who aren't supervised by any adult become easy targets for the abductors. And because there might be instances when parents can't oversee their children all the time, children must have the knowledge and skills to react cautiously in any potential situation of abduction.

In abduction prevention training, the following three actions are important to perform by the child, when lured by the abductor:

  • Verbal Response
  • Motor Response
  • Reporting Response

Most of the training programs focus on mastering children in the above three responses. Verbal responses include verbal denial to go by saying "No," or "No, I should ask my parents." This response can allow a prompt escape from the encounter with the potential abductor and doesn't offend an innocent individual.

The motor response includes running or walking away from the stranger right after verbal action. The child should be taught to run towards home or school, depending on where they are. The motor response is considered one of the most crucial actions to prevent abduction because staying near the kidnapper could be very dangerous for the child. The third action is the reporting response in which the child tells about the incident to a trusted adult such as a parent or a teacher. Once an adult knows what has happened, they may become alert to critical situations and be cautious. They may also take precautionary actions such as informing the police and supervising the other children too.

Abduction prevention skills can be taught to the children through Behavioural Skills Training. It involves educating the children, modeling, practicing, praising, and giving valuable feedback to them in a group or individually. According to a study review, children can learn skills to prevent abduction through Behavioural Skills Training. And when children were assessed in real-life situations when they didn't know that they were being assessed, the children demonstrated those skills. (source: Abduction Prevention Training: A Review of Findings and Issues for Future Research, )

Online Protection

Children are likely to fall prey to online predators and groomers. Since the internet and social media platforms are accessible to people of every age, it is essential to ensure the online safety of children. Here is how you can do it:

  • Talk to the children of all ages who use the internet. Children do not realize that people may pretend to be someone else online. They may not understand that their new friends over social media platforms can have a malicious intention.
  • Limit the people with whom children can communicate. You may set a limit for young children to communicate online only with the people they have met personally.
  • Limit the applications and devices that children use. Online predators use new technologies, applications, and platforms to avoid revelation. If a child is using an application that you have unheard of, you should research it or test it.
  • Use protective devices and applications. Several applications allow the parents to set time limitations for which the child can use an online platform. Many of such applications also block potentially malicious websites and allow the parents to see what the child is doing.
  • Be attentive and identify warning signs. Children who are being sexually exploited or blackmailed online hesitate to tell it to parents. As parents, pay attention to the behavior of the children when they are using the internet.
  • Report suspected abuse to the authorities. If you think that the child has been exploited online or blackmailed, reporting the incident can prevent it from happening further and protect the child.

Technology To Prevent Child Abduction

According to the June 2016 report of the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the number of abductions by strangers, or acquaintances, has remained constant, but the number of victims recovered has increased. Citing research by a team in New Hampshire which compares data from 1997 and 2011, 92% of child victims were recovered in 2011 as compared to 57% in 1997.

With the advancement in technology, the success rates in recovering children have increased. With GPS that allows location tracking, smartphones help the authorities and officials to solve crimes. The OJJDP also said that technologies such as the internet and cell phones helped law enforcement agencies to solve 66% of the stranger kidnapping cases in 2011.

The advancing technology has also encouraged innovation, resulting in the creation of tools and devices that contribute to the protection of children from abduction. Let us look into some of the devices and gadgets that can add an extra layer of safety in child protection:


AMBER Alert is an alert system that activates when a child is abducted. When issuing AMBER alerts, the law enforcement authorities along with cell service providers, broadcasters, and transport companies will circulate crucial information about the missing children or the abductor. AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. Over the years, AMBER alerts have become a very important medium in recovering missing or abducted children.

AMBER alerts are broadcasted through radio and television stations, and cell phone and electronic traffic signs. Such alerts include the name, age, and description of the abducted child. It may also include any information about the suspect such as the person's description, license plate number of the vehicle, etc.

In the USA, every state uses a type of AMBER alert system. The guidelines about activation of the system are issued by the United States Department of Justice. The following conditions should be satisfied to issue an AMBER alert:

  • It has been confirmed by law enforcement that an abduction has happened.
  • The abducted child is in danger of severe bodily injuries or death.
  • There is sufficient information on the description of the child, the abductor, or the vehicle of the abductor.

However, many law enforcement agencies have decided to not apply the second criteria, which is about the risk of bodily injury to the child or death. Hence, in parental abductions, where the child may not be in danger, AMBER alerts can be issued.

According to the United States Department of Justice, 800 children have been rescued with the help of AMBER alerts. They also say that AMBER alerts act as an obstacle in the path of potential child abductions and some abductors may release a child after knowing that an AMBER alert has been activated. Around 75% of the children who are abducted by strangers are murdered within the first three hours of kidnapping. Hence, AMBER alerts are intended to inform the public immediately whenever a child has been abducted.

GPS Tracking Devices

With GPS tracking devices, any objects can be tracked. Attaching a GPS tracker to a child enables the parents to ensure that the child has reached the school, home, or any other place safely.

Attaching a GPS device to your child and linking it to cell phones allows tracking of the location and allows the monitoring of speed of movement. Mounting a camera along with a GPS in a vehicle will show not only the location but also around the place. Modern GPS trackers also allow geofencing. When the child goes beyond the safe area marked by the parents, it immediately sends an alert. Also, in the case of trouble, the child can press the SOS button in the tracker to notify parents about the same.

GPS trackers are very easy to carry. They can be clipped on the bag or can be worn on the wrist. The information about the child's whereabouts can be seen on a phone application. All of that monitoring informs the parents about whether the child has reached school or home, or they are roaming near the house. But it is essential that the device remains attached to the child. In most cases of potential child abduction, the perpetrators identify the trackers attached to children and get rid of them. It shouldn't be apparent to the kidnaper or the abductor that the child is wearing a gadget. Choosing for safety devices disguised as other objects such as watches, pens, price tags, accessories, etc drops the chances of the abductor recognizing the device and throwing it away.

Child Abduction Alarms

Child abduction alarms are very useful devices to monitor a child and ensure their safety in public places. Sometimes while playing or in a park, children, especially toddlers, go far away without the knowledge of their parents. With a child abduction alarm, parents can stop the child from going away too far. This device consists of a transmitter that is around the child's neck and a receiver that is with the parent. The parents can set a range for the children, possibly anywhere between 6 to 30 feet. If they go beyond the distance, the receiver will get an alert and the parent can check on the child. Such devices are of great use if parents want to monitor their child without running behind them every now and then.


In the United States of America, significant steps have been taken to prevent child abductions. Still, the cases of kidnappings and abductions are nowhere near stopping. The alarming statistics of child abductions and the dreadful impact of kidnapping on the victim and their family send shivers down the spine. It has become an utmost priority of the parents to protect their children from potential abductors and ensure their safety no matter where they are.

Practically, parents can't stay with their children all the time. Thinking about a child's safety makes the parents feel scared. Sometimes parents also experience high levels of stress and anxiety. However, a lot of danger can be avoided by preparing the children for the potential situation of abductions. Parents must talk to the children about the seriousness of the condition and teach them what to do if potential abductors try to lure them. Abductions Prevention Training programs provide children with knowledge and skills to stay alert and react cautiously in any situation. Teaching children about responding through words, and actions, not only prevents potential abduction but also makes parents more vigilant.

Technology acts as a boon in today's world. It helps the law enforcement agencies to locate the abducted children and parents to monitor their children. Internet technology and cell phones have helped in locating the victims of child abductions. Whereas AMBER Alert systems intended to inform the public about the details of victims and kidnappers have helped in rescuing hundreds of abducted children. Nowadays, technologies like GPS trackers and child abduction alarms allow parents to watch over their children and know their whereabouts.

Learning about the safety of children through internet communication technology provides a sigh of relief. Abduction training programs and child safety devices are worth every penny of investment to protect the children from potential abductions. In this world where crimes are increasing, leverage the power of technology to add an extra layer of protection to a child's safety.