If you are a parent, you have probably experienced the horror of losing a child in a shop or supermarket.
Thankfully, a mum who has been through just that has revealed her top tips for finding a missing child – and every parent should take note.
Jess Martin, who posts as @jesmartin, recently took to TikTok to discuss the ‘looking loudly’ technique she used to find her son after he wandered off in a store. Now she wants all parents to do the same.
You should start loudly looking for your child if you are at an amusement park, zoo, or mall and they aren’t with you, she advised in the video clip. Do not start looking for them silently.
The way you do that is by shouting their description while you look for them. It will sound like this: I’m looking for a boy, age five, with short brown hair, brown eyes, Caucasian, wearing a red Nike T-shirt, black shorts, black shoes.
“Now, everyone in your vicinity will be looking for your child instead of just you, and best case scenario somebody will find your child and return them to you.”
In the worst case scenario, if someone had stolen your child, this increases their chances of simply letting them go once they know that everyone is looking for them and knows exactly what they look like.
It is better to look stupid than to be sorry, Jess added. “You may feel stupid doing it, and maybe you do, but it is better to look stupid than to be sorry.”
As the Mirror reports, the mum shared a few more tips, including dressing your kids in matching bright colors so they’re easy to spot when they’re out in public.
“I remember being at a play place once and there were three brothers wearing neon pink. All I could focus on were those brothers because they stood out so much,” she said.
As another suggestion, Jessica suggested taking pictures of your kids before you go out, so you can show people what they look like on that particular day, as well as having your phone number written on their arms.
In the event of your child going missing in any circumstance, these tips could be very valuable.