T.A.S.K. - Teaching Awareness to School Kids

The T.A.S.K. Program is a joint effort between OffenderWatch Initiative and local School Boards and law enforcement to help parents be vigilant about offenders near them. By partnering with schools and sheriff’s offices, we can easily get the message out there that “Notification Is Prevention”.

Here’s how the program works:

  • OffenderWatch Initiative speaks to local School Boards about the T.A.S.K. program and how to implement it in schools.
  • Once the School Board signs up for the program, they contact local law enforcement to come out to schools and host a presentation on safety and preventative measures for the children. The children will be given a brochure to take home to their parents.
  • Parents can go to OffenderWatchInitiative.org and sign up to learn more about offenders in their area.
  • To complete the program, they can print out the map, sign it, and send it back with the child to their teacher. The child will then receive a safety prize.

OffenderWatch Initiative has rolled out the T.A.S.K. Program to many parishes and counties through the United States. With your help, they can reach many more children and families.

Donate today to help create safe communities for our youth to thrive.

  • T.A.S.K. Instructions for Parents

  • T.A.S.K. Instructions for Kids

5 Tips to Protect Your Child

  1. Be Completely Open With Your Child.
    Foster open communication between you and your children. Children must feel safe to express their fears.
  2. Encourage Your Children To Be Cautious, Not Afraid.
    Be honest and clear about dangers, but avoid telling them scary details. Talk in a calm and reassuring manner, and use language that is age-appropriate.
  3. Teach Children How To Recognize Suspicious Behaviors Instead Of Blindly Fearing Certain People.
    Teach your children to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior in any adult. Your child should be taught that adults who exhibit the following behaviors should not be trusted:
    - Asking a child for help - Following a child either in a car or on foot - Asking to take a child’s picture without parental consent - Touching a child in way that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused
  4. Teach Your Children To Trust Their Instincts, And That Sometimes, It’s OK To Say “NO” To An Adult.
    Children must learn to trust their own feelings and know that they have every right to say “NO” when they sense something is wrong.
    Like: Someone trying to take them somewhere, touch them inappropriately, or do anything else that crosses a boundary.
  5. Know Your Child’s Personality, Whereabouts, And Daily Routine.
    Be sensitive to any and all changes in your child’s mood or behavior and know their daily activities. The absolute worst defense against child abuse is for the parent to say nothing. You can’t keep your kids safe by pretending the problem doesn’t exist. By incorporating education and establishing a solid line of honest communication, your kids will be safer, smarter, and happier.

Notification is Prevention

It’s hard to track how many lives we saved by sending notifications on sex offenders.

However, we have one story that proves notification is prevention.

When Rachael arrived home one day she found her mother reviewing a notification with a familiar face.

The face was James Harris’, a sex offender who had recently moved to their area after being released on probation. A condition of that probation was that he not have contact with children.

Rachael told her mother that Harris had been following her school bus. Her mom immediately called the police and a warrant was issued, and the offender was arrested.

This story ended happily because the girl’s mother was notified of offenders in their area, but most parents don’t know how to access this information or what to do with it once they have it.

The problem is...

  • 75% of victims know their attacker. They are not a stranger.
  • Over half of these incidents occur within one mile of the victim’s home. It happens in their neighborhood.
  • Offenders who are released on probation or otherwise move an average of 3 times a year. The data on where they are is constantly changing.
  • 80% of us have an offender within one mile of our home. They live in safest of areas and don’t track any particular demographic.
  • 90% of registered offenders had a victim under 18 years old.

Do you know your neighborhood?

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