Just in the United States alone, based from the national statistics of 1995, there was an estimated 438,200 children who got lost, injured, or otherwise missing. At any time a child is reported missing, there is not enough evidence to determine whether he or she is the victim of foul play or just inadvertently or unavoidably detained. For a situation in which a child who is found after wandering away from his or her parents in a shopping mall, a park, or amusement park would be considered a missing child. In some cases where a child is injured and cannot immediately obtain help, that child is considered missing until parents and/or authorities will be notified of the child’s whereabouts. In cases where a child makes an unscheduled stop at a video arcade or friend’s house, once found the child is considered to have been missing under otherwise unknown circumstances (“Statistics 25 Years: 1984 – 2009”).
Half of the children involved are younger than 4 years of age. Most of these cases last about 24 hours, one fifth experience physical harm, and 14 percent of the children are either abused or assaulted during the episode (“Statistics 25 Years: 1984 – 2009”).. At least 797,500 children who are younger than 18 was reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day (“Statistics 25 Years: 1984 – 2009”).
In situations where your child wanders off and a stranger comes up to them, inform them ahead of time that some strangers are friends. They may be nice, that is true, but this isn’t always the case. Unfortunately you can never tell just by looking at them but you may be able to tell if the situation seems to make you feel good or bad. Usually, when a child goes missing, they meet strangers not only telling them that they would help them find their way back to their parents but also asking them to do something without