Sunday, April 08, 2007
Child Safety Tips
Q: My 3 1/2 year old daughter keeping running away from family member when she is in a public area. She has run toward busy streets and run off in big crowds. Are there any tips I can use to keep her safe?

A:Good question! Obviously as a parent you are concerned about your child's safety. Keeping an eye on your child at all times is common sense. Trying to free yourself of distractions when in public is important also- staying off phones when out with your child and being attentive to your child at all times is the best advice.

One thing I see a lot is parents who comment to uniformed officers comments such as "behave or that policeman will arrest you". This is terrible advice. If your child gets lost in public, he/she needs to be taught by the parent that police officers are there to help and a safe place to go if they are lost, scared, or in danger. Teaching your child to be scared of the police will have the exact opposite effect, causing them to run farther or hide when several officers are searching the area for your lost child. Teach your child that uniformed police officers are the best persons to go to for assistance if they get lost. As for other tips, check out missingkids.org for more tips to put to use.

UPDATE I recieved an email from the director of another great resource I will add: www.preventinglostchildren.org

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