Can you really have security on a budget? To me, it seems like you would not want to budget your family security policy but there are plenty of low-budget ways to have top level security on a limited income. When going out in public, have that be on vacation or to the park – a little outing can be a life-changing experience. These outings can quickly become a nightmare if your lil one decides to explore away from the parents. The best plan of action is to be prepared.
1 – When going on a big adventure like a zoo or amusement park, take a picture with your smartphone of what your child is wearing as well as a close-up picture of you kids face the day of the event. That way, you can provide it to security officials in the event your little one comes missing.
2 – Carry a Sharpie in your purse. If you are at a place that makes you wear those bright colored Tyvex bands, write your name and mobile number on it. If you kid is lost, the security officer will be able to call you immediately. You can also buy these bright colored bands at any party store in packs of 50 and 100. I have personally found that plastic bracelets (like the yellow Livestrong bracelets) work great too.
3 – Instruct your child to only speak to employees or mommies. When we enter an amusement park, we take time to show our kids the “employee shirt” in the event they get lost, they know who to ask for help. If an employee is not around, seek out a “mommy” with small children. If your child has to speak to a stranger, a mommy will most likely sympathize with your child and direct them to the nearest “lost and found”.
4 – The techie in me loves the FiLIP 2 watch. The FiLip is a smart locator with voice for kids ages 4 to 11. This colorful, wearable smart locator gives kids freedom while giving their parents greater peace of mind. You can set parameters for your child and be alerted if they go beyond the “barrier”. They can easily call you with the touch of a button and call you if needed. I really love the freedom this gives children but the piece of mind it gives mom. This is only available at AT&T for $10/month. Unsure it is for you? Buy it on eBay and try the program for 30 days.
5 – Download the FBI CHILD ID app for your smartphone. This little app will allow you to provide important information to authorities and even easily submit that information to them. Be sure to import your newly taken picture into your app and update it with current information.
Finally, speak with your children. Explain to them the importance of “keeping close” to mommy and daddy. I hope you never have to deal with the pain of a missing child but I hope these tips will help you be prepared.