How cell phones can keep kids safe

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Cell phones are ubiquitous at this time and place. I see children as young as five and six playing with their parents´smartphones all the time so they are very familiar with how they work. Giving a child, even as young as seven or eight, a cellphone gives you several advantages. Number one, it gives you the ability to be in contact with that child at absolutely any time day or night. Number two, with the tracking abilities of cellphones and the very low cost tracking programs that exist within the major cell carriers, you can do a couple of things. You can always track your children via breadcrumbs as in the Hansel and Gretel story. You can also set GEO fences, which would be a defined perimeter that if your child goes outside the perimeter, you are immediately notified. So there really at this point in time in the 21st century are several advantages to giving even young children their own cellphones.

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Marc Klaas

President, KlaasKids

In the aftermath of the Oct 1, 1993 kidnapping and murder of his 12-year-old daughter Polly, Marc Klaas gave up his lucrative rental car franchise to pursue an aggressive child safety agenda. In announcing the formation of the non-profit KlaasKids Foundation in September, 1994 Mr. Klaas said, “we can give meaning to Polly’s death and create a legacy in her name that will be protective of children for generations to come by pursuing the singular mission of stopping crimes against children.” Through federal and state legislative efforts Mr. Klaas promotes prevention programs for at-risk youth, stronger sentencing for violent criminals and governmental accountability and responsibility. Mr. Klaas travels extensively through the United States facilitating child safety events, encouraging innovative solutions and proven programs that positively impact crime, abuse and neglect that plague children in so many of our communities. He also counsels and advises numerous victim families and families of kidnapped children.

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