As with any safety measure, parents should coach their children on what to do in an emergency situation.
- Instruct children to “Never” go anywhere without first getting permission.
- Have children wear up-to-date, discreet personal ID at all times.
- Parents always carry a current photo ID of your child.
- Before going on an outing, play a game of “what do I look like?” Have your children recite what you look like and what you are wearing that day.
- If lot, tell children to stay where they are. Don’t go running around looking for mommy and daddy. Assure them you will return to where you last saw them.
- Everywhere you go, point out an uniformed employee so children know whom to look for in an emergency.
- Tell children to also look for another mother with young children and go to her. Mothers are most likely to help other young children.
- Teach children to show their ID to another mother or uniformed employee in an emergency situation.
- Go over “stranger danger” rules: never talks to a stranger unless you need help in an emergency, stay a safe distance from people you don’t know. Scream “Help – You’re not my mommy or daddy,” if someone tries to grab them.
- Teach children to rip off Who’s Shoes ID and leave it as a clue for law enforcement if a stranger takes them
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