Children can quickly become disoriented in crowded and noisy public areas. It only takes a fraction of a second for your child to vanish from view without being noticed. Jess Cakmakli shared some guidelines to help locate your child quicker and lower the risk of your child being abducted in such scenarios.
In this situation, parents have most likely searched quietly and broken down in tears before they either informed the authorities or were fortunate enough to reunite with their child.
Jess said that she was hearing a lot of reports of infants suddenly disappearing from view, and “it only takes two seconds for a child to get distracted and walk away.”
Instead of looking quietly, Jess recommended searching loudly.
“You want to look loudly. And what I mean by that is you start shouting their description while you look,” she said. “It’s going to sound like this, ‘I’m looking for a boy, age 5, short brown hair, brown eyes, Caucasian, red Nike T-shirt, black shorts.'”
This is something this mother heard years ago from a Facebook parenting forum, and she has kept it with her ever since.
To begin with, this approach alerts people that a child has gone missing, she shared. Not only would this increase the number of people concerned with helping, but it could also cause a stranger who is looking to abduct the child to abandon their plans immediately.
Several moms would feel shamed if they shout about their missing infant. However, Jess believed that is the best result in this case.
“That’s your best-case scenario: You look stupid and your kid is right there and you just go home. But if it’s the worst-case scenario, you just saved your kid’s life,” she pointed out.
It seems to be simple advice, but it is extremely effective. Having watched Jess’s video released in November 2020, many parents commented that her advice enabled them to locate their child easier.
In January, a parent posted Jess’s recommendation on Facebook, writing that she applied the strategy after losing her 2-year-old son in Kmart in Australia’s NSW Hunter Region.
The incident was described as “the scariest 10 minutes of my life” by a mother, according to the New Zealand Herald. But she tried to calm down herself while yelling, “I’m missing a little boy, he’s wearing a yellow shirt and has brown hair. He’s 2 years old and his name is Nathan.” Fortunately, a customer noticed Jess’s distress and led her down a lane, where she discovered her child.
“So to all parents out there, if your child goes missing, do not search in silence or just call out their name. Nathan’s mother said. “Shout out loud and clear. Say that they’re missing, give a description and repeat, repeat, repeat!”
Some parents have shared their stories in videos. In a TikTok video from January, TikTok user @kells_classroom_chaos mentioned looking for her baby in a car park and shouting out his clothing description.
“I was shouting, ‘I am looking for a boy in a Donald Duck hat, with a white shirt, and blue shorts,'” the mom said. “We found him within 15 seconds.”
Cakmakli expressed her delight that the tips are getting plenty of views. “It makes me feel really grateful that so many people got this information,” she continued. “It legitimately helped them.”