Summer is upon us, and many parents will be taking their children to outdoor events and attractions with large crowds, like theme parks, local festivals, zoos and carnivals.
A California police department offered some advice for parents who want to be prepared in the event of a separation. Last week the Clovis Police Department posted a special "#TipOfTheDay" on Facebook for parents with young kids.
"Taking your young child to a big event, theme park, or other busy location?" begins the post. "Write your phone number on their wrist and cover it with liquid band aid in case you get separated."
The post -- which features instructional images from mom and blogger Cherise McClimans -- also advises parents to "take a photo of them using your cell phone the morning of the event so you have their clothing, hair style, and up to date photo. #BePrepared."
According to the Clovis Police Department, this advice is a repost of a #TipOfTheDay they shared back in September in anticipation of a local festival. With over 7,000 shares, the post was "one of our most popular ever," they explained. "[S]o we decided to post again!"
This repost has reached over 10,000 shares and 3,000 likes.
While it's hard to anticipate the unthinkable, it's clear that this attitude of preparedness has resonated with many parents. And of course, taking such measures does not mean families should forgo vigilance in large crowds.