Tips for Parents and Tweens (9 – 12)

As your child gets older, it is important to continue to reinforce the lessons that have kept them safe girninbus_smallthroughout their younger years. It is also important to adapt the lessons to situations they will find themselves in as they grow.

The dynamics of their relationship with you, their friends and other adults change as they grow so adapting the lessons is important if we want the message to stick.

    1. Make sure that your child knows their full name, phone number and address. As families move and change information this is important.
    2. Continue to reinforce the idea of staying close to the area where they first realized they were lost. Large amusement parks full of people and many distractions are prime areas for lost children of all ages. Teach them to find a nice spot to sit down and wait until you arrive.
    3. Teach them to look for adults of authority
  1. uniformed law-enforcement or security officers
  2. amusement park personnel or workers in uniform
  3. store salespeople that are wearing a uniform with a nametag
  4. people working in information booths
  5. look for other parents with children
  1. Always have your children tell you where they are going and when they expect to be back.
  2. Encourage them to go with a “buddy” as traveling in groups of 2 or more is typically safer.
  3. If they do not have a buddy, see if you can accompany them yourself or ask another trusted adult – family member, baby sitter, or close friend.
  4. Teach your child how and when to dial 911. Take time to explain the importance of calling 911 and what it means. It might even make sense to role play scenarios where it is appropriate for them to call and what the operator will ask and how to answer them.
  5. Teach your children how to answer the telephone. Help them learn that when they are alone at home they are never to say they alone. So, teach them to state that you are unavailable and have them take a message then hang-up. Ensure that they tell you all phone calls that they take when you are not available as there may be prank or other obscene calls that they find embarrassing and avoid discussing
  6. SecuraPAL Guardian: if your child has a SecuraPAL Guardian, all they have to do should they get lost or find themselves in a dangerous situation is push their SOS button and the authorized adults on the account will receive a text message and/or email in 5 – 10 seconds notifying them of the address and that your child needs help quickly.
  7. LifeTrac MobileProtector: if your child has a LifeTrac MobileProtector, they have two options should they get lost. First, they can simple use 1 of the 4 speed dial buttons to place a call directly to you. The MobileProtector is virtually the same size as the Guardian (a little larger than a matchbox car) and weighs just 2.5 ounces. Second, they can push the SOS button if they get lost or find themselves in a dangerous situation. When pushed, the SOS button functions exactly like the one on the Guardian where authorized adults on the account receive a text message and/or email in 5 – 10 seconds notifying them of the address and that your child needs help quickly.

If you have any questions about how a SecuraPAL (Personal Automated Locator)® can help you or your family, please do not hesitate to call Customer Care directly at 888-973-2872, extension 4 or write to