Stuck in a rut?

By Patrick M. Chierichella

Educational coordinator The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing every year. That is 2,000 every day or one child every 40 seconds. In the time it takes me to compose and edit this essay, 45 children will be abducted in our country! The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) analyzed more than 4,200 attempted abductions for the five year period from February 2005 to March 2010 and found that:

  • 38% of attempted abductions occur while a child is walking alone to or from school, riding the school bus or riding a bicycle.
  • 37% of attempted abductions occur between the hours of 2:00 PM through 7:00 PM on a weekday.
  • 43% of attempted abductions involve children between the ages of 10 and 14.
  • 72% of attempted abduction victims are female.
  • 68% of attempted abductions involve the suspect driving a vehicle.

Additional analysis of data suggests the abductor is usually a white male about 27 years of age. Also, the first contact between victim and potential abductor occurs more than half of the time near the victim’s residence. While this information is readily available through a simple Internet search, the question of how and when we are developing a skill set in our children to help thwart abductions remains woefully unanswered.

Assuredly, there are numerous communities addressing child safety through the actions of parent-teacher groups. Is stranger safety awareness skill development an integral part of your school district’s curriculum? No one wants more responsibilities piled on their plate. Who wants to do the research and development for a plan to stress awareness skills? Obviously we do!

Our goal is to develop an educational plan that is embedded in New York State Teaching Standards. Our rationale is simple and straightforward: start including awareness safety lessons early in a child’s educational career and build on this foundation through middle school. We believe effective communication is the key.  We urge parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators to visit our website and review our lesson plans and videos. Hey, wherever possible, we’ll even come to your PTA/PTO meetings to speak to your group. We’ll visit your school and present our puppet show to your younger grades. Please understand that this is our mission. There is no burden of cost to you or your group for what we do. Use us!

I re-read an article in The Palm Beach Post from February 4, 2012. It relates the sentencing of yet another child abductor and murderer in Florida. The 26 year-old had lured the child walking home from school into his yard under the pretext of petting his dog. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The victim’s mother said, “No punishment given to you will be good enough to soother our spirits.” A poem by Dale Furutami can but approach the grief of such loss.

The pain of good bye

lingers far longer than the

parting of our souls.

And we don’t have enough time in the educational year to teach our children awareness skills?

In Loving Memory of Carlie Jane Brucia

In Loving Memory of Carlie Jane Brucia

 

Today, February 1st, marks the ninth anniversary of Carlie’s death. Teach your children.

 

 

 

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation
Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

“One is a Lonely Number” – What your child can do if they are lost in a store

By Matthew Barbis

Well, the holiday shopping season is about to open.  What a fun time to visit your favorite stores, decorated with beautiful holiday trimmings.  Although this is a very festive time of year, we must always remember that it can be a very dangerous time for children.  With all the hustle and bustle of people shopping, long lines and sales, there is a small possibility of your child becoming separated from you.  Here are a few stranger safety awareness tips that you can share with your children to prepare them for that possibility:

If your child becomes separated from you, teach them to:

Look for an employee wearing a name tag or uniform

Never leave the area where they discover they have become separated

Never let a stranger take them by the hand – whether it is a man, women or even another child

If a stranger does take them by the hand, have them yell the word “STRANGER” over and over, as loud as possible

To avoid becoming separated from you, teach them that shopping is the best time for them to practice the Buddy System – always going somewhere with a friend. Make it a game that they are not to let go of your hand until you both reach the car at the conclusion of shopping. Perhaps you can offer them a reward of some kind when they successfully reach the car – maybe the opportunity to listen to their favorite station or song on the radio, a favorite show on DVD for the ride home, or a special dessert item when they get home.

The more comfortable you can make it for your children to practice these tips and the more you repeat them, the more calm your children may remain if they are ever placed in a situation where they become separated from you.

Please feel free to download the lesson plan for “One is a Lonely Number” on our free curriculum page.  The more you practice stranger safety awareness with your children, the better they will be prepared if a dangerous situation presents itself!

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation
Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

2nd Annual Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Day, August 22, 2012

By Matthew Barbis

It is my pleasure to invite everyone to tune in tomorrow on CNBC, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg, etc. at 9:25am, Wednesday, August 22, 2012 to join the celebration of the 2nd Annual National Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Day. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation will be ringing the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock market, live in Times Square.  Special guests include WL Ross CEO Wilbur Ross and Graff Diamonds CEO Henri Barguirdjian.

The NASDAQ has prepared a special ceremony and will be playing one of the episodes from our free curriculum, “Stranger Safety is No Joke”, for all to see in Times Square.  For more information about our free curriculum, please go to http://www.rosebrucia.org/downloads.

 

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Rose Brucia – Record Numbers Thanks To Donald Trump!

By Matthew Barbis

Well, after one week, I am happy to report that Donald Trump’s public service ad has pumped up views, visits and downloads at http://www.rosebrucia.org. Between Facebook postings, Youtube viewings, Twitter visits and our own website viewings, The Donald Trump “I Practice Stranger Safety” video has been viewed almost 10,000 times!!! We have experienced a record 405 downloads in 20 countries! An incredible week for stranger safety awareness. Thank you very much Mr. Trump!

Please continue to share our Donald Trump PSA, which is available on our website and Facebook page.   The more people that we reach, the more children that can watch our free program to learn how they can stay safe from strangers.

The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a free educational curriculum designed to provide vital, proactive stranger safety awareness techniques to elementary-aged children. The program includes single-concept video shorts in conjunction with suggested lesson plans, written by teachers, for teachers, to actively involve children in their own safety as it relates to strangers.

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Rose Brucia – Record Numbers in One Week Thanks To Donald Trump

By Matthew Barbis

Well, after one week, I am happy to report that Donald Trump’s public service ad has pumped up views, visits and downloads at http://www.rosebrucia.org. Between Facebook postings, Youtube viewings, Twitter visits and our own website viewings, The Donald Trump “I Practice Stranger Safety” video has been viewed almost 10,000 times!!! We have experienced a record 405 downloads in 20 countries! An incredible week for stranger safety awareness. Thank you very much Mr. Trump!

Please continue to share our Donald Trump PSA, which is available on our website and Facebook page.   The more people that we reach, the more children that can watch our free program to learn how they can stay safe from strangers.

The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a free educational curriculum designed to provide vital, proactive stranger safety awareness techniques to elementary-aged children. The program includes single-concept video shorts in conjunction with suggested lesson plans, written by teachers, for teachers, to actively involve children in their own safety as it relates to strangers.

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Donald Trump- “I Practice Stranger Safety” Do You?


Donald Trump, billionaire, real estate mogul and Producer of the hit tv franchise, “The Apprentice” officially kicked off The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s national “I practice stranger safety” campaign with the release of his PSA. Starting on May 25, the 45 second PSA will air on stations across the United States.

“Stranger abduction is one of the fastest growing crimes in our nation. We need to proactively teach our children what to do if such a situation arises,” explained Mr. Trump. “The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a terrific educational tool that parents and teachers can use to teach children the do’s and don’ts of stranger.”

Please join Mr. Trump and make your pledge to practice stranger safety by going to the curriculum page and downloading the stranger safety techniques to help empower and protect children around the world.

Rose Brucia Experiencing Record Downloads Thanks To Donald Trump!

By Matthew Barbis, Founder & Chairman

The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation has been experiencing record downloads since the announcement yesterday that Mr. Donald Trump would be delivering a public service announcement.  The “I Practice Stranger Safety” PSA made its debut on national television this afternoon.  Since then, the free Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Program has been downloaded more than 240 times in 5 countries!  Thank you Mr. Trump!

Please watch Mr. Trump’s PSA below and post, re-post, tweet, re-tweet, etc until every one of your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and all your email contacts have had a chance to see it.  Thank you for helping to spread the word – you are helping get a very important message out that could one day save a child’s life.

The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a free educational curriculum designed to provide vital, proactive stranger safety awareness techniques to elementary-aged children. The program includes single-concept video shorts in conjunction with suggested lesson plans, written by teachers, for teachers, to actively involve children in their own safety as it relates to strangers.

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Donald Trump PSA: “I Practice Stranger Safety”


The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a free educational curriculum designed to provide vital, proactive stranger safety awareness techniques to elementary-aged children. The program includes single-concept video shorts in conjunction with suggested lesson plans, written by teachers, for teachers, to actively involve children in their own safety as it relates to strangers.

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Donald Trump PSA: “I Practice Stranger Safety”

The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a free educational curriculum designed to provide vital, proactive stranger safety awareness techniques to elementary-aged children. The program includes single-concept video shorts in conjunction with suggested lesson plans, written by teachers, for teachers, to actively involve children in their own safety as it relates to strangers.

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Donald Trump Kicks Off The Rose Brucia National Stranger Safety PSA Campaign

By Matthew Barbis, Founder & Chairman

On  behalf of The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation, I am very honored to announce that Mr. Donald Trump will launch the “I Practice Stranger Safety” public service campaign on Friday, May 25, 2012.  The goal of the new campaign is to bring more awareness to the urgent need to continually reinforce stranger safety techniques with children across the United States.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, over 21,700 children are abducted annually by strangers.  This statistic must be confronted with decisive action!  Sadly, there is no way to identify a child abductor before they strike.  There is, however, a useful method to inhibit the effectiveness of an abductor and that is by educating children BEFORE they may become victimized.

The Rose Brucia Stranger Safety Awareness Program is a free educational curriculum designed to provide vital, proactive stranger safety awareness techniques to elementary-aged children. The program includes single-concept video shorts in conjunction with suggested lesson plans, written by teachers, for teachers, to actively involve children in their own safety as it relates to strangers.

Mr. Trump will be the first spokesperson for the foundation to state the new Rose Brucia phrase, “I Practice Stranger Safety”.

About The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Founded by Matthew J. Barbis after his 11-year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, FL in 2004. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation’s goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in the U.S. by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. Utilizing puppets and a formalized educational curriculum, the foundation provides elementary-aged children with the Stranger Safety Awareness Program, free of charge. The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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