Nancy McBride gives some basic children safety tips, and discusses if information should be stored in a central database
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Host: Should the information be stored in a central database? Nancy McBride: The National Center does not recommend that the information be stored by anybody but the parent or guardian. We do not know what happens to the database information, who is controlling it, what happens to it when a child reaches the age of 18. So, in order to safeguard the privacy of the child, only the parent or guardian should keep the information. The best place to keep it is in a place where you store other important documents or papers, certainly not a safe deposit box because if you needed it quickly, you would not be able to access it after hours or on a weekend. So, keep it in a safe place where you know where it is, where you can get to it quickly, should you need it.