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Tony Loftis
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is the president and executive director of Find Your Missing Child. Prior to starting the organization, he managed an executive sales training program and had 15 years of experience in public relations, marketing and community relations.

Entries by Tony Loftis

Stories About Child Abductions

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 6:59 PM

According to the FBI, nearly half a million kids go missing every year. Other sources put that number at 1.6 million. Most of the stories go unreported by the media. But, regardless of what number you believe, stories about non-family abductions make headline news.

Yet,...

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Why No Internet Safety Course for Kids and Parents?

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 2:33 PM

The California Department of Motor Vehicles lists the following reasons why 16- to 19-year-old drivers have higher traffic accident rates than other age groups:

  • Poor hazard detection
  • Low risk perception
  • Risk-taking
  • Lack of skill
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Not wearing seatbelts

You could look at that same list, cut...

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Parents Know Little About What Their Kids Do Online

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 7:50 PM

Roughly 25% of all teens have posted a risky photo of themselves online (thank you, Snapchat), but only one in eleven parents knows this is happening. The next time you take a group picture of your child's closest four friends at the local eatery, odds are at least...

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Emerging Technology for Family Emergency Preparedness

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:15 PM

The Internet and mobile devices transformed how we communicate, and though the potential for abuse exists, they offer opportunities for improving our daily lives, even physical safety. Still, while our methods have drastically changed, the U.S. emergency communications infrastructure is primarily based on a 40 year-old landline system and that...

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When Missing Teens Return, the Challenge of Reintegration Remains

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who disappeared separately in Cleveland between 2002 and 2004, made national headlines when they were rescued a few weeks ago. Their rescue is the end of one chapter of their stories -- but the very beginning of a long road to...

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Understanding the Public's Misperceptions About Missing Children

(16) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 11:58 AM

I met Carol Ryan not too long after we found my daughter. I had called Team HOPE because I was thinking about writing a book on how to use social media to find missing and runaway children and wanted to know if it was...

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How Do We Stop Child Abuse?

(38) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:48 PM

Recently, my family and I sat down to watch, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" -- a really remarkable film and equally well-done book. Physical abuse is a theme in the movie -- and an even bigger one in the book. We took this as an...

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Introducing Your Children to Social Media, the Expert's View

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 2:06 PM

Chuck Tanowitz, a principal in the public relations agency Fresh Ground, is one of the brightest social media people I know, hands down. Chuck is also the father of three young kids and has a progressive strategy for weaving social media into his family's life.

Tony Loftis: What...

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The Key to Digital Teen Safety: Parental Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 6:26 PM

Last week, I spoke with Tim Woda, the co-founder of uknowKids.com, looking for his advice on how to keep children safe growing up in the digital age. We also spoke about parent engagement, getting parents to understand that it's okay to monitor their children's online conversations...

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Bad Things Happen to Good Parents: Digital Parenting Tips

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 3:40 PM

Digital parenting is just plain hard. Tim Woda, co-founder of UknowKids.com, understands this and is trying to help parents in the Internet age.

"Answer me this -- do you know who your child made friends with on Facebook yesterday?" Woda poses this question whenever he discusses...

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The Silent Crisis: Runaway Children

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 3:20 PM

The image of a doe-eyed young blonde girl is splashed across the news. She is the latest victim of abduction or runaway -- but she is just one. For every child that is missing from their home due to abduction (stranger or family), hundreds of children go missing from their...

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5 More Questions to Ask Your Kids About Their Digital Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 6:10 PM

Continuing our series on how to talk with your kids about their online life, we have five questions designed to help you start a conversation with your kids about their social media habits. Talking with your kids about what they do online should be as natural...

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The Other Missing Kids: Parental Abduction

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 1:04 PM

When people think about missing children, images of scary white vans and bus stop grabs rush through their heads. But for most abducted children, it is a parent's car, not a scary van that rips them from everything they have ever known. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that more...

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5 Questions to Ask Your Kids About Their Online Life

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 6:40 PM

Studies show that parental involvement is the number one factor in keeping kids safe online. As with any other activity, understanding what our kids do online means being involved and asking questions. Here are some tips about picking the time, place and tone for the conversation to get...

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Supporting the Families of the Long-Missing

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 4:42 PM

Families with missing loved ones face a lonely and challenging journey. For some, that journey ends quickly with reunification. But for many families, answers come slowly, if they come at all. This is a different kind of pain, challenging to manage and challenging to support. While 50 percent...

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Their Online Life

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 10:03 AM

With 1.6 million children running away from their homes each year, it's crucial that parents understand the critical need to monitor their children's social media use, keeping track of who they are talking to online, what they are sharing and when. For many parents, the main barrier to...

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What I Learned When My Daughter Ran Away

(8) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 9:34 AM

Last year, the Huffington Post saved my daughter's life.

Late last year, my 13-year-old daughter ran away. It was only through a grassroots social media campaign and an article in the Huffington Post that my family was able to garner enough attention to find her.

When my...

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