Wendy Fical, Program Director for the Utica Center says. "Check first, tell a friend, it's okay to tell people no, and talk to a trusted adult."
These are just 4 steps in the new 'Take 25' campaign.
The Utica Center For Missing And Exploited Children teamed up with Chuck E. Cheese in honor of National Missing Children's Day, today May 25th.
The campaign urges parents to talk with their children about staying safe.
Fical says, "In the instance that something may happen, children are more apt to remember it if its something memorized with their parents over and over again."
The campaign gives parents tips about safety at home, on the internet, or while children are out and about. Fical urges children to be cautious of strangers, as well as people they may know.
Nikki James, a Utica resident and mother says, "It can be a uncle, cousin, sister or brother, anyone can just walk straight along and grab a child."
Both parents and children agree that events like these are fun way to educate people about child safety
10-year-old Damani Wilson says, "Kids love Chuck E. Cheese and whatever Chuck E. Cheese tells them to do, they're probably going to do it."
8-year-old Jillian Hungerford adds, "It helps the children stay safer. Now I know that I shouldnt talk to strangers."