EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Just in time for the Middlesex County Fair, the East Brunswick Police Department would like remind the public to take a photo of your child immediately before entering the Fair or any crowded area in case they are lost or separated from you. This way, you will have a picture of your child and what he/she is wearing, making a search much easier. There is a large police presence at the Fair. Report a lost child immediately.
What to do if your child gets lost in public ( as recommended by the blog amotherfarfromhome.com)
Despite our best intentions, our children can still get lost. This is a terrifying thought, but one to consider beforehand to hopefully prevent it or, at best, make it a quick separation.
- Try not to panic. Okay, as if, but this is what all experts suggest. Panicking without thinking through your first response may cause you to act unwisely and miss something obvious.
- If you’re in a public establishment like an amusement park, mall, or airport, get in touch with security or the main office immediately. Find an employee or Google the number, but do this immediately. If you find your child in the next minute, they will not be upset you alerted them.
- If you have a bad feeling or don’t feel that alerting the security in that locale is enough (if it’s a large place, for example) don’t be scared to call the police.
- Stop for a moment, and calmly and slowly look around you.
- Don’t be afraid to loudly call your child’s name. If, on the very off chance there is a predator, alerting him that you are near and looking will actually be a deterrent.
- Try not to stray too far from where you lost your child unless you can leave another family member in your place while you search. Small children are not likely to have gone too far.
Verywellfamiliy.com has the following recommendations for preparing your child for a situation in which he or she may be lost or separated:
Make sure your child memorizes your full name, your phone number, and your address. Some children as young as 3 may be able to remember mom or dad’s cell phone number. Also, make sure your child knows your first and last names. Keep in mind, however, that some young children might forget your first names since they don’t use them to refer to their parents.
If your child is too young to memorize your information, write it down on a piece of paper and tuck it away in a secure place like her shoe or pocket. Remind your child where the paper is before heading to your destination so she can tell a safe adult that it’s there in case you are separated.
Have your child practice calling your phone. This is particularly useful with older children once they learn to use a phone and you can have them call your cell phone from a landline or another phone.
Teach your child how to ask for help safely. Rather than teach your child not to ever talk to strangers, empower your child and tell her to ask a woman with a child for help. If she can’t spot one, tell her to look for a woman, a store salesperson with a nametag, or a security guard.
Teach her to tell that adult that she is lost and to give them her full name, your phone number, your name, and other basic information.
Tell your child to never go looking for you if they get lost. The best thing for them to do is to stay right where they are so that you can come and find them.
Make learning these tips fun. A good way to do that is to watch a safety video like "The Safe Side—Stranger Safety: Hot Tips to Keep Cool Kids Safe With People They Don't Know and Kinda Know," created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).