It is never too early to starting teaching your child some common sense tips on how to stay safe and navigate the world around them. Getting lost is a part of being a young child though with some basic life lessons from the parents it does not have to be as scary or as dangerous.
Studies reported in Children Today have shown that programs to reduce child victimization have the strongest effect when lessons start as young as kindergarten.
- Make sure that your child knows their full name, phone number and address.
- If you child cannot remember all of it, write down this important information and then either laminate it or use see-through tape of some kind Scotch Tape, Packaging Tape, etc. to ensure it is water resistant. Have your child carry this with them.
- If lost, teach your children to stay close to the area where they first realized they were lost. This is often the best place to find them. Teach them to find a nice spot and sit down and wait for you.
- Teach them to look for adults of authority
- uniformed law-enforcement or security officers
- store salespeople that are wearing a uniform with a nametag
- people working in information booths
- look for other parents with children
- Let them know that they can call 911 if they get lost and have no other way of getting help.
- Children love to be helpful. As soon they find their legs and their voice, one of the things many children like to do to help is answer the front door. No matter if the parents are home or not, it is important to teach your children when and how to answer the door.
- First, when they are alone, a child should never answer the door. Even if it’s a friend or relative of the family – if that person has arrived unexpectedly, it’s better for the child to not let them in. Statistics show that abductors of children are usually someone the child already knows.
- Second, when the parent is home, it is still important for the child to get the parent before answering the door.
- If the parents are knocking, the parents should create a secret knock or password that will let the child know that it is okay to open the door. This should be changed from time-to-time. This can be the same password that is used by other family members that are permitted to pick-up the child though we recommend that this knock and the code be set differently.
- Create a code known only to family and close friends that is used when a person approaches the child and says they must come with them to meet their parents. If the person does not provide the code, the child should stay where they are.
- Teach your child that it is okay to scream for help if strangers approach them and try and take them. There are times when screaming in public is perfectly good behavior and this is one of them.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.