ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Everyday over 2,000 children are reported missing, it's a scary situation for any parent.
That's why for many it's critical they know exactly where their kids are at all times, from after school hangouts to the
bus stop down the street.
"I know what time the bus is supposed to pull up, and sometimes I just pop up. My children tell me all the time
'Mama, you stay at the school too much.' But hey, I have to know what they are doing," said Jaleen Brown.
The mother of two keeps close tabs, the thought them going missing is a nightmare.
So, what steps can parents take to ensure their safety? Police say know who their friends are.
"If your child goes missing, you may think she's over at Shay's house. Who is Shay? We don't know
who is Shay to law enforcement. You don't know Shay's last name or where she lives," said Albany Police investigator Calandra Bell.
Open communication is key, have an updated photo, phone numbers and addressees. It's important to know your child's usual hang out spots and don't hesitate to contact police immediately.
"Be able to tell us any possible locations on where that child may have gone off to. If they are autistic or non-verbal
that is important to us," said Bell.
Parents should secure all electronic devices as well, anything that could give clues to law enforcement of their whereabouts.
According to 2002 study from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, nearly 800,000
children went missing, many times taken by a relative.
"I don't trust anybody because you never know, even with family members. You have to protect your children," said Brown.
The FBI has developed a special phone app that allows parents to use in emergency situations.
To learn more, click here.