Oh No! I'm Lost

It happens to almost every kid at least once ... you're in a store, looking at a new toy or game, then suddenly you look up and Mom or Dad is gone! You're lost! What should you do?

  • The most important thing is to stay calm. Remember, an adult would never leave without you. First try loudly calling the adult you're with. They might be around the corner, just out of sight.
  • If you're in a store, find someone who works there and tell them what happened. Usually people who work in stores wear a uniform or a name tag, or stand behind a counter near a cash register. They can help find the grown-up, fast.
  • If you can't find a store employee, stand still and don't move. The grown-up you came with might be searching for you. Give them a chance to find you.
  • If you're going to a theme park or another place with lots of people, the best thing to do is stick close to the adult in charge or others in your group. It's best to use the "buddy system", so you always stick with a "buddy" during the activity. When you arrive, adults and kids should come up with a plan, so everyone knows what to do if someone gets separated from the group.
  • Pick a meeting spot that's easy for everyone to find and remember. If someone gets separated, everyone must meet at that spot. If you're not sure how to get there, stand still and don't move. Give the grown-ups looking for you a chance to find you.
  • You can always ask an employee for help. Look for people wearing uniforms or name tags. They'll know how to get you back to your group.
  • If you get lost outside, the two most important rules are: stay calm, and stay put. Adults who are looking for you can't find you if you are moving from place to place. Find a spot to wait near an open space, where people could see you.