Group aims to keep Memphis kids safe

Published: Apr. 22, 2004 at 1:23 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 23, 2004 at 10:44 PM CDT
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Written by: George Brown

Your child's safety is tops on the minds of at least one group of people, a non-profit group and it's supporters who educate children and their families about stranger danger and the evolving internet. "Enlighten your child, don't frighten your child, " Len Edwards heads up the non-profit Commission on Missing and Exploited Children, recently he was called to the White House because of his expertise. Last September Edwards watched over cases like the abduction and murder of Tyra Knox, "75 percent of the time when a child is criminally abducted that child is going to be killed within the first three hours." C.O.M.E.C works closely with the Memphis Police Department to put out alerts when children are missing and help families. Memphis Police Director James Bolden is a big supporter, "If we don't stand up and start doing more to protect our children from being abducted, our children from being abused then certainly we as a society are in trouble." Bolden and C.O.M.E.C are now focusing on Internet Predators warning parents and kids to beware who's on the other side of that internet connection. A warning Alice James has taken to heart with her two children, "It's an educational tool that was brought to the house for educational purposes and we don't utilize it for chat, we don't do any of those things. It just comes for control and how you oversee your family daily." While child abduction is a big concern especially after yesterday, Len Edwards says there were 67 in the entire country last year. Other crimes such as sexual assault are much more common.