Don’t get lost this Summer
16th January 2018
A survey* of 656 Irish parents by Childline has shown that nearly one in five children accidentally get separated from their parents on holidays at home and abroad.
- Almost 10% of Irish parents reported they had been separated from their child or children under 10 years of age abroad.
- 50% of parents worried about not knowing enough about the area to find their child, while 17% said not having a command of the language was a problem in locating their missing child.
- Children between the ages of 4 and 6 were the most likely to go missing, with the chance of boys disappearing four times more likely than girls.
- The survey also found that husbands and male partners were by far the most likely to be separated from their children
- Complete the insert cards and put their wristbands on them before leaving the house
- Tell them that if they get lost or scared to show their wristband to another Mommy (we are easily recognisable and will know how to calm a child)
- Agree to a safe spot when entering a park or shopping centre to meet up if separated
- Take a photo on your phone before you leave the house so you have a current pic of what they are wearing