Parenting vlogger Jess Martini posted this advice on what to do if your child goes missing in a public space and it went viral
The mum of a two-year-old lost sight of him at a Kmart store in the NSW Hunter Region, Australia on Saturday. According to Yahoo, she shared the ordeal online on one Australian Facebook group, describing it as “the scariest 10 minutes of her life.”
“One friend ran to the entry immediately and alerted the staff member to not let a boy of his description leave the store. Even if he was with an adult. Another friend searched the area he was last seen,” she wrote on Facebook.
As the woman was running along the aisles and frantically looking under racks of clothing, she realized that searching for her child in silence would achieve nothing. It was then when she remembered the piece of advice given by Jess Martini and proceeded to shout the description of her boy.
“I’m missing a little boy, he’s wearing a yellow shirt and has brown hair. He’s two years old and his name is Nathan,” the mum just kept repeating. Soon, she realized that people around her had started to take notice. “I had every adult around me on alert. They all threw aside what they were looking at and started searching too,” she wrote in a post.
Shortly, a sense of relief came over her as she heard a male voice behind her saying “he’s here.” “I turned back the way I came and there he was. A man had walked past him after hearing me calling out,” the woman recalled.
Parents should always take precautions in case their children go missing. Here’s what you can do to prevent it: dress your child in bright colors, teach them to walk close to you, make sure your child knows their full name and phone number, write your phone number, name, and address on one of their clothing labels.
It’s always a good idea to make sure you remember what your child is wearing or take a photo of them if you’re in a crowded place. And for older kids, practice “meeting in a safe place” in case any member of the family gets lost.
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