Whether you are a parent of a little infant or the parent of a teenager, it goes without saying that parental care and concern are paramount to you. With the increasing rates of crimes against children, parents should be more proactive in their involvement to help their children stay clear from any unwanted attention and danger.
Through utilizing a background or criminal records search on the people involved in your child’s life, you can help protect them and in turn protect your family as a whole. Before deciding on performing a background search on an individual, the most important thing you should be able to do first is to identify potential threats to your child and your family.
If you feel that there are any threats present within your community, being able to perform a background or criminal records search will help you find out whether the person in question is, in fact, a threat to your family. There are instances where normal looking people are perpetrators, and as such, it may be difficult for you to identify a vulnerability in your family’s safety when there is one.
In such an instance, the best preventative measure is to perform criminal records searches on individuals who are close to your child. For example, you may wish to perform criminal records check on your child’s teacher information or even on the neighbor that says good morning to your child every day.
You will have to learn to judge the character of a person effectively. Not only do you have to judge the character of third parties, but you also have to be able to judge your own child’s character to gather any hints relating to child victimisation.
Warning signs of child victimization include the following:
- Frequent nightmares without explanation
- Eating disorders that never were an issue
- Sudden changes in behavior such as eating, sleeping, attitude problems, distraction, etc.
- Refusal to communicate with you on a personal level (especially when they used to before)
- Talks of a new friend who is older
- The appearance of toys, gifts, money that they never had previously
- Begins using adult language
- Exhibits sexual behavior and knowledge, promiscuity, self-harm
Although the above list is not exclusive, it covers the most prominent character signs to look out for in your child.
To perform a background search on a person, it’s helpful to use a Google Chrome plugin called AFS that will help you perform advanced searches on any person’s Facebook account. However, If you really want to know more about someone’s criminal history, start off by searching the directory of registered sex offenders by using the tool Family Watchdog. If that’s not enough, consider looking up criminal records online, either using a comprehensive background search tool like KidGuard, or manually going through public court records online.
Furthermore, if you’re deciding on moving to a new community take a look at neighborhood crime statistics using Neighborhood Scout. It’s a good idea to judge if a new neighborhood is safe and manageable enough for you and your family.
Learning how to perform background searches is simple but will take time and dedication as it’s a skill set that will improve over time. The more you practice, the better you will get at it.