What to do if your child gets lost in public

Pattie Fitzgerald, Child Safety Expert, shares advice for parents on what to do if your child gets lost in public and how to teach you child what to do if they get lost
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What to do if your child gets lost in public

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Parents are always worried about losing their child at Disney Land or wherever, a local supermarket. A couple of things you can tell your kids when you go out in public, especially the big, wide open spaces. If your child gets separated from you, the first thing they should do freeze and yell. Just stay right in your spot and yell, "Mom, Dad, I'm over here," or "Dad, I need help." Because with that big, loud voice, a parent can backtrack and find their kid pretty quickly. Another thing a kid can do? Go to another mom, with kids, and ask for help. A mom with kids is a safe person to ask in an emergency; mom, with kids. Another thing a child can do if they get separated from their parents, ask the cash register person for help. Not the security guard. The cash register person definitely works at that store or at Disney Land. The cash register person has a microphone, and they can make an announcement. Telling your kids to look for a security guard can be iffy, because uniforms can be confusing. We don't want our kids to make the wrong choice and ask the wrong person for help. So freeze and yell, go to a mom with kids, or ask the cash register person.

Pattie Fitzgerald, Child Safety Expert, shares advice for parents on what to do if your child gets lost in public and how to teach you child what to do if they get lost

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Pattie Fitzgerald

Child Safety Expert

Pattie Fitzgerald is the founder of Safely Ever After, Inc., and is recognized as a leading expert in the field of childhood sexual abuse prevention education, child abduction prevention, and Internet Safety education.  She is certified as a Child Safety Educator and Child Visitation Monitor, and has worked tirelessly as children’s advocate for over ten years.  As a former preschool teacher, Pattie blends her expertise as an educator and, more importantly as a mom, to teach parents and kids everywhere the most effective, up-to-date safety strategies without using fear tactics.   

Admired for her positive approach and warm, compassionate style, Pattie is also the author of the newly released children’s book, No Trespassing – This Is MY Body which parents and children are embracing across the country.  Pattie’s programs and curriculum have been implemented in public and private schools throughout the United States and have been also been utilized by The Santa Monica Police School Resource Department as well as the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department through their MERIT Program.   

Prior to the inception of Safely Ever After, Inc., Pattie worked as the Community Outreach Educator for the national child advocacy agency, Parents For Megan’s Law.  Her published work has appeared in national newspapers, parenting magazines, and trade journals throughout the country, and she has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, KCBS, KABC and KNBC news as well as countless national radio programs.

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