The very thought of losing your child can be terrifying. However, in today’s world, every parent is vulnerable to this possibility. Thousands of children around the world go missing every year. In the U.S alone, more than 2000 missing-child cases are reported every day.
Of the many children who go missing, few are found and reunited with their parents.
Fortunately, there are certain steps you can take to reduce the chances of your child going missing. Prepare yourself and educate your child with safety information that will help them avoid or escape from likely situations.
Here is what you need to know.
Discuss and Reinforce Stranger Danger With Your Kids
Teach your children to never trust strangers. Discuss the basics like never to accept anything from a stranger, not to be lured by adults they do not know and to tell you promptly if someone makes them uncomfortable.
Warn them of danger signs and reinforce the concept of stranger danger on a regular basis; you want them to keep alert about this at all times. Your child should also know your contact number and address in case of an emergency.
Tell Them What to do if They Get Lost
Give your child(ren) clear instructions on what they should do if they are unable to find you.
Tell them to ask a store cashier, a parent with children, or security for help. When you visit crowded places, dress them in bright colors and make sure they know what you are wearing. Designate a specific area to wait at in case they get lost. Always be alert and supervise your child’s movements in a public place to avoid untoward incidents.
Train them to Always Ask For Permission
Whether it is to visit a friend or explore a different area of a park, make sure your children always ask for permission first. This will help you know where they are. Also, encourage them to always stay in groups.
They should know it is important to inform you or another trusted adult if someone follows them, threatens them, or poses a danger.
Build a Close Connection
Let your children know that they can trust you, and you will always be there to support them. Build-up a relationship where they will not hesitate to share any concern with you.
Know their friends, be involved in their activities and be sensitive to changes in their behavior. Be their safety net, and they will not be lured away by strangers.