1. Create a family password
Create an exclusive family holiday password, and always ensure you pick your own children up. If for any reason you have to send someone to pick them up, the person should know the password, otherwise your children should not go with them as they then know that you have not sent the person to pick them up.
2. Know your surroundings
Make sure you know where the police station and hospital is for emergencies, and that your child also knows in case of an emergency. Make an effort to also ask locals which areas to avoid.
3. Keep a recent photograph
Always keep a recent photograph of your child with you, especially if you are in an unfamiliar place like a holiday destination. Should you have an emergency situation you have the photograph ready.
4. Dress them in bright colours
Going to shopping malls over the holiday period can be a nightmare. Dress your child in brightly coloured clothes to make it easier to spot them, and be sure to remember what they are wearing. ALWAYS accompany your children to the bathrooms, and never let them go alone.
5. Common meeting spot
When you get to the beach or any public place, find out where the nearest information desk is and make sure you tell your children that that will be the common meeting spot if they lost.
THESE IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
MISSING CHILDREN SOUTH AFRICA: 072 647 7464
CELL PHONE HELP: 112
SAPS CRIMESTOP: 086 001 0111
CHILDLINE SOUTH AFRICA: 080 005 5555
GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE: 080 042 8428
HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE: 080 022 2777
Source: Missing Children South Africa
Their website www.missingchildren.org.za acts as an emergency report facility as well as being platform for informational and educational material with regards to Child Safety.