What should your child do if he or she becomes separated from you while shopping?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Nancy McBride with the National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children discusses what your child do if he or she becomes separated from you while shopping.

    Host: What should your child do if he or she becomes separated from you while shopping?

    Nancy McBride: If your child becomes separated from you while you are shopping, first and foremost, try to impress on your child not to panic. The best thing they can do is to stay put as close to where they got separated as possible and then seek out one of those low risk helping adults that I mentioned before like that store sales clerk with a name tag, a uniformed Law Enforcement Officer, maybe a uniformed security guard. Many retailers now use a program called Code Adam and what that means is that, that store and those personal have been trained to know what to do if a child is reported missing or lost. There are some associates who will go to the entireties and exits, there are some who will look under close racks or look in restrooms or look in other areas of the store and their goal is to find that child as quickly as possible and reunite that child with the parent and the one thing we want to make sure kids never do, never leave the store to go to the parking lot to look for your car. Make sure you stay put as I said, stay as close to where you got lost as possible because people will be looking for you.