Teaching a Child What to Do if They are Lost

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Being lost is terrifying for most children. Teaching them safe methods of dealing with the situation can help ensure a positive and quick resolution to this parental nightmare. This is a page about teaching a child what to do if they are lost.
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Parents! Please teach your children how to get help if they get lost. I volunteer at a huge zoo and today discovered a lost child quietly crying in a corner. I was close by, but he didn't come to me and I don't know how long he had been there before I spotted him.

Please teach your children that if they get lost in a store or other public place to go to "someone who works there" to get help. Show them how to tell who the employees are, uniforms, nametags, etc. Practice with them on occasion until they have it down pat.

Both this child and his parents were panicked, but the terrified time could have been shortened if he just knew how to get help quickly! Once I found him he was reunited with his parents within minutes.

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