Exerpt: Does the thought of losing your children in the crowd or in a public space make you panic? Read our recommendations, learn how to keep an eye on your kids in any situation, and make sure they never get lost again.
Never lose sight of your kids in a public space
Who can say they’ve never experienced this terrifying feeling at the supermarket, the mall, on the beach or in a crowded street? Losing sight of your children can happen very fast… and leave everybody in a state of shock. How can you anticipate and avoid this?
The ABC of keeping an eye on your kids
You can’t hold your children by the hand or keep an eye on them all day long. Therefore, we’ll start with the basic “survival kit” that will help your kids in case of an emergency!
– The identification bracelet: you can buy those laminated bracelets in most stores and use them to write down your child’s name and personal information. They are most useful for younger kids: essential for your holidays at the beach, cultural activities like museums and festivals, or even shopping sessions! However, if you think your kid is old enough, simply ask him/her to memorize your cell phone number.
– As soon as they’re old enough to understand, teach your kids to stay calm and still when they realize that they’re lost. Playing role games is a good way to help them grasp this concept!
– When your children are older (around the age of 8 or 9), start designating a meeting point whenever you are in a “risky” area: choose a tall tree, a store sign or door…
– A GPS tracker like Weenect Kids is the perfect device in this kind of situation!
– Finally, make sure you always carry recent full-length and portrait pictures of your children with you.
Find your children: our tips
You can’t always anticipate everything! If you lose sight of your child in a public space, here is our advice to find him/her.
– Do not panic
Running around frantically imagining the worst scenario is the best way… to waste your time. Stop moving as soon as you notice that your child isn’t within eyesight. Try to remember when you last saw him/her. If there’s another adult with you, ask them to “trace your path” back to where you last remember seeing your child, and to the designated meeting spot. If you’re on your own, walk back, pay attention, and ask people around you if they’ve seen your child anywhere: shop owners, security staff, “stationary” persons…
– Put yourself in your kid’s shoes
On a beach, a lost child will instinctively walk along the shore with his/her back to the sun. It seems trivial but it can be really helpful! In a shopping area, children are likely to be attracted to an animated screen or a colorful shop window. Check those in the first place. Also, think about your child’s temper: is he/she a social person or an introvert? More autonomous or dependent? Trust your parent instinct: a smart cookie will surely go up to a shop owner or a police officer to alert them. Whereas a more introverted kid will be scared and less likely to run around.
– Try not to overreact
We all have dramatic stories in mind about children disappearing… But let’s not forget that, for a great majority of cases, children who get lost in a public area are very quickly rescued by the adults around. Beware of the emotions that this kind of event raises: acknowledge the sensation of fear that your kid must have felt at that moment. On your side, if you had a brutal reaction (it’s common to scold the kid when you find him/her, once the panic wave is over), make sure to explain your feelings and reaction to your child afterwards: “I was very scared, I didn’t think, that’s why I reprimanded you when I found you…”.
The Weenect Kids GPS tracker is the ultimate shield against losing your children! However, it doesn’t exonerate you from teaching your children the basic rules for peaceful outdoor family activities.