Identification kits are key to child safety

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Sometimes small things can make a big difference.

Authorities are urging parents to take time to prepare child identification kits that could help officers in the event that a child goes missing.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created a campaign called Take 25 to encourage parents and guardians to set aside 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety.

The campaign also encourages parents to make sure they have updated photos and fingerprints of their children.

Twenty-five minutes isn’t a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, but it can make a huge difference.

A child goes missing every 40 seconds in the U.S., according to authorities.

That’s a scary statistic. While no parent wants to think about the possibility of something so horrific happening to their child, it’s important for parents to be proactive by making sure they educate their children about potential threats and having resources ready that can help authorities in the event that something bad does happen.

On Wednesday, the Down East Partnership for Children is offering child ID services, child safety presentations and health education classes.

Registration is required by calling 985-4300.

We urge parents to take the advice of authorities by putting together a child identification kit and talking to their children about safety.

Those seemingly small acts can make a big difference if something bad ever happens.