ID card: Create and give each child a laminated ID card with his or her name, date of birth, address, phone numbers, etc. on it. If your child is too young to speak for himself or herself, consider writing this information somewhere on his or her clothing in permanent marker.
Child ID kit: Prepare an ID kit for each child in the event that he or she goes missing. The kit should include a physical description, such as nickname, date of birth, height, weight, gender, fingerprints, hair and eye colors; any identifying features, such as glasses, braces, scars, birthmarks and piercings; any medical information, such as conditions, disorders, diseases and medications; and, most important, an up-to-date, high-quality digital photo. Be sure to take your kits with you on trips and vacations.
Emergency hot spots: At a playground, amusement park or any other crowded location, always identify the nearest help and information centers, emergency stations and police posts. Inform your children where to go and what to do in an emergency or if they get lost.
GPS tracking device: GPS tracking devices, like the kidsport GPS band, are developed specifically for kids and allow parents to locate their kids using their smartphones, iPads or computers. The kidsport GPS band features an alert button that sends you an immediate text if your child needs you; a secure latch to prevent unintended removal; a removal alert that texts you when the band is taken off.
No parent I know can imagine what it is like to have a child go missing. It is our greatest fear. But by educating children and taking safety precautions, we can help reduce the chances of that ever happening.