Press Release:

HP Offers Parents Child Safety ID Kit

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and HP Provide Parents with Kit That Can Be Created, Printed at Home

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 2, 2002

HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced it has teamed with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to offer parents a free, do-it-yourself child safety identification kit to help promote child safety awareness and protect children.

The kit is available for download at http://www. from anywhere with Internet access -- at home, public libraries, retail copy centers or schools. Using a computer, printer and a child's photo, the kit can be completed and printed in approximately 15 minutes.

"We're living in an age where child safety is a top concern on every parent's mind, especially at the beginning of a new school year," said Michael D. Capellas, HP president. "Aligning our technology with the Center's commitment is an excellent example of how HP and NCMEC continue to promote the safety and welfare of children."

The child safety ID kit allows parents to create and print a single comprehensive document that records important information about their children, including photos and unique physical characteristics. The kit also offers useful tips, important phone numbers and contacts, and steps to take if a child is missing.

"When teaching safety to children, every precautionary step a parent takes will help diminish their child's risk of an abduction and may even help to save their life," said Ernie Allen, president, NCMEC. "We're pleased to continue our relationship with HP on such an important topic and to offer parents a free tool to promote a safer environment for their children."

The child safety ID kit offering is the latest demonstration of HP and NCMEC's long relationship. For years both companies have teamed up to offer various programs that promote child welfare and safety, including the HP Chili for Children Foundation, an annual event that helps raise money to support NCMEC. Recently, HP was the exclusive hardware provider to Toys "R" Us and NCMEC, donating nearly $200,000 in desktop computers to help support the efforts of Toys "R" Us in protecting children across the country.

HP and NCMEC also are encouraging other children's, parents and teachers organizations to include a link to the child ID kit on their Web sites. For more information on how to get involved and make this kit available to parents, contact Andrea Iraheta at +1 212 601 8162.


NCMEC, a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCMEC's CyberTipline (, a "911 for the Internet," has received over 70,000 reports of online enticement and child pornography since its creation in 1998. The center's state-of-the-art Web site brings images and information about missing children, as well as a wealth of child protection information, to a global audience. It is the national resource center and clearinghouse on missing and exploited child cases. For more information about NCMEC, please call the toll-free hotline at +1 800 843 5678.

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