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Parents reminded to 'Take 25' to talk to kids about child predators

Local law enforcement stresses initiative ahead of National Missing Children's Day

Local police are urging parents to talk to their children on how to avoid becoming victims of child predators.

Local law enforcement agencies took a moment Tuesday to remind parents about the "Take 25" initiative ahead of National Missing Children's Day.

Agents from the Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the United States Marshals Service gathered Tuesday morning for a press conference at the Federal Building at 727 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

The agencies reminded parents to set aside 25 minutes to talk to their children about child predators to prevent them from becoming victims.

"Take25.org covers all areas of child safety at home, at school, at the mall, and on the Internet," U.S. Marshal Robert R. Almonte said. "We want parents to talk to their children and teach them about the dangers that are out there."

National Missing Children's Day is May 25. It marks the anniversary of the day in 1979 when Etan Patz, 6, disappeared from a New York City street corner on his way to school.