Growing up, child abductions were just starting to be discussed in the media. The one that sticks out in my mind was Adam Walsh who was abducted in the 1980’s. The big thing around this time was to get your children an identa-kit and have their picture taken, fill out identifying information and fingerprinted. Local news stations used to set up booths at the local malls and did these for free for parents and children. I remember doing it at the mall, and I also remember doing another one at home with my parents a few years after that.
As a mom, I worried someone might take my children. In the hospital, they have all these security measures in place– checking tags, secure entrances, alarms, etc. Then, they send you out into the real world with an infant, and with nothing to arm yourself with. I remembered having the identa-kit thing done and started searching online to purchase them for my kids. You can’t find them anywhere. Seriously. This has always bothered me that child abduction seems to be on the rise, but why aren’t we even given a low-cost and easy opportunity to protect our children?
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by IdentiBear to promote their new project. A low-cost, easy to use identity kit for children that includes everything you need– including taking DNA samples AND a cuddly teddy bear for your child. I was intrigued. After reading more about the company, I felt they were onto a good thing and offered to promote the project as much as I could on social media and in my blog.
Right now, they are offering various priced packages through their Indiegogo project site. The prices start at $10 and go on up. For $29, you get a cuddly bear, safety tips and the Identibear kit that allows you to create the kit with your child, including fingerprinting and DNA samples. Check out the site for more information and the other kits!
If you don’t do anything else today, I encourage you to go check out Identibear and seriously consider purchasing a kit to record your child’s information on. Child abduction is a very serious and occurs more than we realize. Knowledge is the best prevention.
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