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Resources for Parents and Guardians

The Attorney General’s Office provides a number of resources to help parents and guardians stay informed about issues affecting their children’s safety.

Attorney General Dave Yost’s Human Trafficking Initiative aims to end human trafficking in Ohio, in part by arming families with knowledge that protects their kids — and helps kids learn to protect themselves. Resource guides developed by the initiative help parents talk to their kids about online dangers and learn which apps can be a danger. This tip sheet explains how traffickers recruit people online.

This database tracks reports of missing children and teens submitted by law enforcement across Ohio. Each entry is classified by type — such as “endangered runaway” or “lost, injured or missing” — and includes information on the child and when he or she was last seen. Each entry also shares who to contact to submit a tip about the child and can be printed out as a “missing person” poster. Related resources share information about Amber Alerts and what to do when someone goes missing.

Attorney General Dave Yost’s Ohio School Threat Assessment Training presents best practices from leading school-safety experts in a video format. The intent is to help guide schools, law enforcement officers, mental-health advocates and other community members in teaming up to prevent school violence, primarily by getting help for troubled students before problems turn into crises.

Attorney General Dave Yost’s brought together the Scientific Committee on Opioid Prevention & Education to develop a science-based push to prevent Ohioans, including teenagers, from succumbing to addiction. SCOPE’s webpages include tips to prevent substance use disorder, answers about how addiction affects people’s bodies and brains, and other tools and resources.

Using this tool, Ohioans can enter any address, such as their home or a school, to see whether sex offenders required to register with the county sheriff live nearby.