A Tik Tok user has shared some incredibly important tips for parents and caregivers, in case a child gets lost in public.
The “look hard” technique, was shared by @jesmartini who urges all parents and caregivers to take note of the advice given.
She captioned the video: “Every parent/guardian stop and watch this!”
She says: “Here’s a video that I think all teachers, parents, carers, nannies… anyone who is regularly responsible for children should hear.”
In the video, before explaining the technique, she told the story of a mother who lost her child in a busy shopping mall and was able to locate her child using the “look hard” technique.
The first piece of advice Jes gives is to dress your child in bright colors when they go to a busy place so they always stand out. She also suggests that taking a photo of the child in full outfit, including shoes, is a good idea, just in case they get lost.
Jes also says it’s a good idea to write YOUR name and phone number on the child’s clothing (a tag, for example).
And finally, the last piece of advice from Jess is to start “loudly looking for your child”. She explains the importance of not “watching silently” and instead shouting out a full description of the child over and over again. For example: “I’m looking for a boy, 5 years old, brown eyes, Caucasian, red Nike t-shirt, black shorts, black shoes.”
The reason it’s important to use this technique is that as many people as possible are looking for the child, and in the best-case scenario, someone will spot the child and bring them to you. In the worst case scenario, if someone walks away with your child, they’re much more likely to let them go because they don’t want that kind of fuss because everyone in that place is looking for that child.
Watch the video here:
@jesmartini This is a MUST watch for any parent or carer – What to do if your child ever goes missing in a public place #momsoftiktok #psa #staysafe #safety #f ♬ original sound – Jess martini