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*Check Out Your Destination a stranger calling their name, but do provide them with a Ahead of Time—Before

making any plans, check out the area where you’re planning to go beforehand with an app like BeenVerified. You can get a snapshot of what the neighborhoods are like surrounding the hotel you’ve selected, or if there are sex offenders living in the area.

*All Hands on Deck—If you’ll

be traveling with your kids alone, call in a favor from your village of family and friends to see if someone can join you. Assign an adult to each child so no one will ever assume someone else is watching a particular child. If the place you’re going will be swamped with people, an extra set of hands is always a blessing.

*Keep Young Kids Close— The child leash gets a bad rap, but for some ages, they can come in very handy. It’s about safe parenting, not someone else’s opinion. A child leash allows freedom, while also ensuring their safety. The same rule of thumb goes for putting an older child in a stroller. *Look for the Helpers—

Teach your kids who to look for in the event of an emergency. Statistically, the person who is least likely to harm a child and offer the most support is a woman with children. So encourage your child to find a mom with kids and ask her for help. Also, point out an employee so your child can see what the uniforms look like. Other good helpers are police officers and security guards.

*Provide Your Children with I.D.—It’s best not to include your child’s name visibly so your child isn’t lured away by

phone number. You can order child I.D. safety tattoos from SafetyTat.com. They are colorful temporary tattoos that are applied to your child. They provide a form of identification that stays in place even when wet.

*Additional Identification—

Prepare I.D. for all your children that includes age, your mobile number, and the number of someone who is not with the group. Include their name, blood type, allergies, height, and weight. Insert into a plastic envelope and put in their pocket.

*Take a Current Photo on Your Phone—Before you leave

the house or hotel, take a photo of your kids with your phone. In the event you get separated, you can easily provide a current photo, as well as identify what your kids are wearing by pulling the photo up on your phone.

*Wear Bright Matching Colors—When going to a

crowded spot, have your family wear shirts of the same color that makes them easily identifiable and helps you keep track of them easier. They may not be the most fashionable, but finding your kids quickly in a big crowd makes it worth it.

*Grab Hotel Business Cards—If you’re staying in a

hotel, grab a few business cards and write your mobile phone number on the card. Give one to each child to put in their pocket. If you get separated, they can show the card to a helper who can then get in touch with you or return your child to the hotel if necessary.

*Use KidTracker for Older Kids—For tweens and teens multiplicity

with mobile phones, download the app KidTracker to your phones. This way, you’ll always be able to find your child. For children old enough to handle the responsibility, you can pick up an affordable pay-as-you-go phone and put enough money on it for the trip. It can then be used for any situation where you want to keep in communication with your kids.

*Encourage Your Kids to Yell—Chances are if you get

separated from your kids, they aren’t too far away. If they cannot see the adults you came with, encourage them to yell out the names of the people they came with by first name (“mom” gets lost in a sea of people). Tell your kids they are allowed to yell anywhere if they’re lost, like a library, movie theater or restaurant.

*Practice, Practice, Practice—

Each time you are off on an adventure with your kids, practice first names and how to describe you and anyone else traveling with you, along with the action plan you’ve created. Because children’s perspectives and understandings are constantly changing, it is important to review the safety action plan. By implementing these easy safety tips, moms and dads can enjoy a family outing or trip just as much as the kiddos!

Justin Lavelle is the Communications Director for BeenVerified.com. BeenVerified helps people discover, understand and use public data in their everyday lives. It is a great tool to keep your family safe. The company is a leading source of online background checks and contact information.

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