The only thing scarier than a foul tipped baseball heading toward your child or their first roller coaster ride is the thought of getting separated from your child in a crowd. Here is a list of seven safety tips for your child or children in crowded areas where they may get separated and lost.
1. Be honest and inform your children that they could get lost. You do not have to scare them, but prepare them for the situation if they do get separated. Talk to your family all together if possible. Make sure the first thing your child does is to not wander away, but to stay in one place. He or she is to look for another mommy with children or a woman that looks like a grandmother. If they do not see one of them immediately, have them look for a park worker. Make sure you point out the style of park uniform when you enter the park. Have the park worker always call for Security along with the parent.
| 5. If you have small children in a stroller, be “Stroller Conscience.” Be different from all of the other strollers, especially if you are renting one from a park that has hundreds of the same kinds. A very easy and affective method is to tie a personal item to the stroller, such as a bandana, sweatshirt or baby blanket.
6. If you have a park map, check it out with your family the night before or before entering the park. Start the day off having your older children be semi-familiar with their surroundings.
7. Never use a Sharpie on your child’s skin. These markers contain industrial solvents and chemicals that should not be put on the skin. These chemicals and solvents penetrate the skin and enter your children’s blood stream. Any identification sticker on clothing or identification badges wore around a child neck can be pulled of very easily. Once that item is gone they are on their own. This is not what you want for your child.
Let’s prepare our children and be Pro-active.
Nothing could be worse than having a missing. Nothing in this world could be scarier than knowing your child is lost with no identification on them.
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Lost Child Stats and Facts
Courtesy of Family Safety Expert, Alyssa Dver, Founder of The Center to Prevent Lost Children
1. Over 2000 U.S. kids get lost every day. 1
2. Less than 10% are reported to any authority. 2
3. 90% of families will experience losing a child in a public place. 20% have lost a child more than once. 2
4. 95% will forever remember the trauma of getting lost. 2
5. Parents rank losing a child 5 times more concerning to them than terrorism and 3 times more concerning than abduction. 2
6. Kids get lost most often in malls and stores (45%). 2
7. 27% of families that visit an amusement park lose a child while they are there. That's nearly 1 in 3! 3
8. Only 9% of parents put some form of safe ID on their children. 2
9. 76% of parents want to know what to do to prevent a child from getting lost. 2
1: NISMART2: National Incident Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children. U.S. Department of Justice. October 2002.
2: Wander Wear Inc. parent survey, September 2006.
3: IntiMetrix study, 2002.
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