Mall safety tips for your children

Mall safety tips for your children

These tips will help you keep your children safe in public spaces or crowned malls. Shopping with children can be an overwhelming experience in the blink of an eye they could get lost in a crowd of people.

Police offer these tips to help you keep your children safe in crowds:

  • Have a talk with your kids before the outing. Enforce a rule that they should always be able to see you and you should always be able to see them. It sounds simple, but keep reminding them periodically. Especially if they get restless.
  • Use the “two giant steps” rule, it is a fun and easy way for your children to remember not to wonder off and your kids can never be more than two giant steps away from you.

 

  • Tell kids never to leave the store or mall to find you, no matter what anyone says. Make sure they know you would never leave until you are reunited.
  • Teach your kids that if you ever get separated, they should look for a “safe stranger” to help. Examples of a safe stranger are a person at the cash register or a mum with her kids. With older kids agree on a meeting place ahead of time, in case you get separated.
  • Make sure you remember what your kids are wearing. Dress them in bright colored clothes to make it easier to spot them.
  • Make a “check first” rule with older kids. They should always check with you before going anywhere in public spaces including the restroom, play area or another store.
  • Predators are known to look for unsupervised kids so don’t treat public spaces as “convenient babysitting”. Do not leave your kids alone in play areas, arcades, movie theaters or any other public spaces.
  • Always take young kids into the restroom with you
  • Finally make sure you teach your young kids your cellphone number.

Now that you are more prepared for a day at the mall with your children, head down to Meyersdale Square where you will find a variety of shops and restaurants for your convince.