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Americus children learn about safety

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The U.S. Department of Justice reports that nearly 800,000 children are reported missing every year. That is more than 2,000 children a day. "These crimes are crimes of opportunity, and education is absolutely the keystone in protecting our children," said KinderVision founder, Douglas Sebastian.

And KinderVision is working to provide parents and children with the tools to help keep their child from becoming the next victim. "It's really the only solution we have in protecting our children," said Sebastian.

That was why six-year-old Jadarious and his younger brother got in front of the camera lens and were recorded onto a copy of the KinderVision D-V-D. "It's really to get them to watching the DVD and watching it over and over again. We put them on their, they watch it, and learn the information, said co-founder, Nancy Sebastian.

The 14-minute long program teaches children what they should do if they are in a risky situation. "They should never go to a public bathroom alone. They should never go with a stranger to help him find something. Even if they offer money," said Sebastian.

The recording can also be used to help police if a child does disappear. "It's very beneficial as it relates to speech, attire, hairstyle, things of that nature," said Sumter Chief Deputy, Eric Bryant.

The Sabastians' started the program after a little girl in their church went missing and was later found dead. "There were no instructional programs to use to teach children how to be safe," said Douglas. 

National statistics show that only a small percentage of missing children become victims of violent crimes. "A lot of times children are found safely within the homes or the area of the homes, but with this day in time, you just have to really be prepared," said Bryant.

Preparation is what will keep your loved ones from becoming one of them. Click here to learn more about KinderVision.

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