Children's Safety

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Masonic Child Safety Program
Washington State Freemasons believe that every child deserves the opportunity to be safe. Because of this Washington Masonic Charities promotes child safety through its Washington Safety and Identification Program. The purpose of this program is to provide children, parents, and adult guardians and relatives with information and resources to help assure that the children in their lives are safe.

5 Leading Causes of Death in Children Ages 0-24 (US NIH, 2014)
Rank <1 1-4 5-9 10-14 15-24
1 Unintentional
Suffocation
Unintentional
Drowning
Traffic
Accident
Traffic
Accident
Traffic
Accident
2 Homicide Traffic
Accident
Unintentional
Drowning
Suicide Homicide
Firearm
3 Homicide Homicide Unintentional Fire/
Burns
Suicide
Firearm
Unintentional
Poisoning
4 Traffic
Accident
Unintentional
Suffocation
Homicide
Firearm
Homicide
Firearm
Suicide
Firearm
5 Undetermined
Suffocation
Unintentional Fire/
Burn
Unintentional Other
Land Transportation
Unintentional
Drowning
Suicide
Suffocation

Missing & Exploited Children
The good news is that more than 99% of missing children return home. Of those who return home, 94% are returned within 72 hours, and 47% are found within 3 hours, according to a 2012 Reuters story quoting the President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The last data reported by the Department of Justice (2002) reports that of the 115 children abducted by a stranger, nation-wide, 57% returned home alive.

The US Justice Department conducted a study of missing children in 2002. See the study here.
Missing in 2002 - 797,500
Abducted by family member (Custody disputes) - 25%
Abducted by non-relative known to the child - 7%
Abducted by a stranger - .01%
Missing Other - 67.99%

Here are two smartphone apps that help you capture and keep digitally important information and photographs of your child to provide in the unlikely event that your child becomes missing.
FBI Child ID App - iTunes Store
FBI Child ID App - Android/Google Play Store

To assist the Lodges in the effort of making communities safer, a series of child/youth safety documents have been developed that can be used to display in a booth for community events. This is an opportunity for Mason’s to provide a service to the community by providing resources for parents. The Lodge might want to compile a list of community resources a parent can call if they feel their child needs counseling services.

Contact Kurt Miller for more information and materials that are available.
Download a PDF of the available printed materials.
Download the Order Form for Booth Materials.
Website: First Aid
Website: Emergency Preparedness Activity for Kids
Website: Children's Personal Safety & ID Kits
Website: Firearms Safety
Website: Water & Boating Safety
Website: Bicycle Safety

To schedule a safety and ID kit event in your community or for more information, contact Kurt Miller at (844) 288-3530 x108.