A MUM has shared the life-saving hack she uses when her kids go missing while out and about – as she urged all parents to learn it.
Jess, from the US, warned mums to never ‘silently look’ for their kids, and instead to broadcast their description.
The mum of three boys says she used this tip ‘successfully’ when one of her son’s went missing while out shopping, so she’s sharing it as widely as possible.
Jess shared her ‘public service announcement’ to TikTok, saying: “If your child ever goes missing in a public place, heaven forbid in a public place, because remember these things happen to even the best parent.
“If you’re at an amusement park, zoo, mall, whatever it is, and you look around and your child is no longer with you, what you want to do is you want to is you want to start loudly looking for them.
“Do not start silently looking for them. You want to look loudly, and what I mean by that is you start shouting their description while you look.”
She gave an example from her own experience, continuing: “It’s going to sound like this; ‘I’m looking for a boy, age five, short brown hair, brown eyes, caucasian, red nike T-shirt, black shorts’.
“And you’re going to keep repeating yourself while you look over and over again.”
She explained why you want to be as loud as possible, saying: “Now you’ve got every single person who’s around you looking for your child instead of just you, and best case scenario somebody finds your child and they return them to you.
“Worst case scenario someone was walking away with your child, they're more likely to let them go because they don’t want that sort of commotion.”
She admitted people may feel a little silly loudly yelling in a store, but warned the consequences could be much worse.
Jess added: “You may feel you look stupid doing it, and maybe you do, but it is so much better to look stupid than to be sorry.”
She admitted it “blew her mind” when she first learned the tip, admitting it wouldn’t have been “instinct”.
Her advice has been hailed by fellow parents, who thanked her for sharing the tip.
One person said: “Me trying to remember what my kids have on today. Thanks for your advice!"
Another wrote: “Yes!! This helped me find my son after [he] wandered off after being at Disney last week. Thank you."
A third commented: “This information is SO important. Thank you for raising awareness!"
This mum thought: “So true! Thank you for this."
While another raved: “Wow this is fantastic advice, thank you."
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