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This is part of a series of posts providing practical information for parents and families while highlighting the talents and expertise that we have within our school community. Here one of our parents in law enforcement shares some tips for keeping your family safe in large crowds.
1. Encourage your children to memorize your home address and phone numbers for parents. Make a game of it!
2. When your family goes to Summerfest, Six Flags, a local church festival or any other crowded venue, take a minute and snap a photo of your kids after you park your vehicle. If your child goes missing, you have a photo of what they’re wearing and don’t need to struggle to try to remember their outfit at a time when you are already panicked.
3. Have a “reunion plan” in place for crowded venues, i.e. “if we get separated we will meet up at the Spinning Teacups.” (This is more appropriate for older children.) Make sure your younger children understand what staff members wear and know to ask them for help if they get lost. Depending on your child’s age, it may be prudent to have a reunion site in and outside of the venue.
4) Remind your children that adults shouldn’t try to get them to go places away from their parents and that if someone does try to get them to “see a puppy”, “get some candy”, etc. that they should immediately tell an adult with kids, an employee, a police officer, etc.
Stay safe, and have a great summer!