Child Safety

Favorite Tips for Keeping Track of Kids on Vacations & Field Trips

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We’ve all been to a crowded theme park or boardwalk and wondered how parents are able to keep their eyes on their children with so many other people and distractions around. Maybe some of us have even seen a child crying because he or she has lost her bearings and doesn’t realize mom and dad are just one step behind. It’s enough to make you totally sympathize with parents who buy those backpacks that are really just leashes in disguise!

At Foremost Promotions we are always reading up on safety articles and blog posts and recently noticed a substantial collection of tips on how to easily keep track of kids in crowded places during vacations and field trips, as well as what to tell them to do in case they ever get lost. These useful tips and ideas came from groups of experienced parents, teachers and safety officials and we’ve decided to collect our favorites and share them here with you.

Being Prepared.

  • Decorate your stroller or handbag. It’s always smart to tie a balloon or a colorful ribbon to a stroller if you’re using one. Anything that will make you stand out in the crowd if a child is temporarily left behind and needs to locate you is ideal. You can also carry an umbrella that is easily seen in the crowd. As a bonus, it will also help shade you from the sun while you stand around and the children play.
  • Mark, stamp or tattoo your kids. It’s difficult for some smaller children to remember their phone numbers, so many parents have taken to writing it down on their arms in case they need it in the event of getting lost. Borrowing from that idea many schools have started using custom printed temporary tattoos with their school name and a contact number for students on field trips. For a very small fee, they now have an easy way of making sure every student on a particular trip is easily identified and returned to their group, if they should ever wonder off in a crowded place.
  • Give your child your picture. A scared child may find it difficult to communicate with adults who are trying to help. A wallet sized picture of you with your name and phone number printed on the back can easily fit into their pockets and make returning them back to you easier than ever.

What a Child Should Do.

  • Stay put. The first instinct for a lost child might be to go off looking for you, only making it much more difficult for you to locate them. They should be taught to stay put as long as they are in a safe place. This is especially important on shops or grocery stores or in a wooded place if you’ve been hiking.
  • Not all strangers are dangerous. It’s hard to teach a child to seek help from adults after you’ve instilled the concept of “stranger danger” in them but in case they are ever lost, it’s crucial. They should learn that it’s OK to communicate with uniformed police officers and rescue workers, as well other mothers with small children if they are separated from their parents or teachers. Learning to identify these key individuals can make a huge difference.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up. When panic sets in some children will clam up or simply start to cry. They should know that this is the time when it’s OK to start yelling. Most often they are simply out of sight and not actually lost and this is when they need to alert you to their whereabouts. Following that same logic, if they are approached by a stranger who makes them feel uneasy they should yell and alert everyone around them that they are lost and this person is a stranger. Even if that someone is only trying to help, they will understand.

 

 

 

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