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How Does Shoe ID For Kids Add Safety?

Updated on February 1, 2013
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Imagine you and your kids are at the park on a warm, beautiful, sunny summer afternoon. Kids are running, playing and being kids. You call your child and there’s no answer. You call again, louder and still no answer. You search everywhere to no avail. Panic begins to set in as you imagine your precious child standing all alone, crying and surrounded by uncaring strangers passing by. Hopefully, someone takes pity on the poor little kid and asks them if they are lost. A nod; yes. The stranger asks if they know their phone number or address. A head shake; no. A parent's nightmare.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that 2000 children are reported missing every day in the United States. Virtually all children aren’t carrying any form of personal identification with them. And many children can’t remember their own phone number or address in a stressful situation, like being lost or separated from their family. What can a parent do to keep their children safe and be prepared in the event their kid becomes lost, separated or missing?

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Record Your Child

The Center recommends the following:

  • Photographs: Have a current photograph of the child that is in color and is full-face, showing the way the child really looks. Keep the photograph readily available; in a wallet, a purse, keychain fob, etc. A number of organizations offer free photo ids, including Life Touch School Portraits.

  • Fingerprints: Numerous schools, retailers and organizations offer fingerprinting events where parents can have their child’s fingerprints taken. Ensure that they are recorded on paper stock that can be uploaded into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. Check with the local law-enforcement agency to see if they sponsor Child ID events.

  • Medical Records: Parents should confirm with the child’s doctor or medical professional that the medical records are easily accessible if needed in identifying a recovered child. These records should include: X-rays, scars, blemishes, birthmarks, or broken bones.

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ID For Kids Kit

The Who’s Shoes Kids ID Kit is a valuable and easy to use addition to the above precautions, especially for non-verbal children like toddlers or special needs children. The ID band is made of high-quality Velcro material and a water-resistant label material. They are durable and made to withstand normal use. Each ID Kit contains two Who's Shoes ID™ bands, of the same color - pink or blue- one Who's Shoes ID™ card with an area to add a current photo, safety tips, and complete instructions on how to use both the ID band and card.

I have been using these for my 5 year old non-verbal autistic son for 8 months and they haven't worn out, frayed or fallen off. Because they are on his shoes, they don't annoy or distract him like ID bracelets or necklaces and they are easily noticeable.

How the Kids ID Works

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Peace Of Mind

The disappearance of a child, even for a moment, is one of the most terrifying things that can happen to any parent. It can be even worse if the missing child can’t communicate or is too scared or stressed to give an adult helpful information that would reunite them with their parents. A few simple things like taking updated photos of your child, finger printing them, keeping a copy of their medical records, and providing them with some form of ID to keep with them just might make a difference between them coming home sooner than later.

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    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Spy!

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, ignugent, much appreciated and I agree! If you find a lost child, hard to reunite them with their parents if you don't have the contact information. :)

    • unknown spy profile image

      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      great info TT!

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      ignugent17 

      6 years ago

      Very useful information. It will be easier for some good hearted people to call the parents if they have their numbers available.

      Voted up and useful! :-)

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Hiya, Bill! This was one of my first hubs, lol! Yep, they come in very handy. Thanks, nothing like dry toast, huh? :)

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't see anything new from you, Sis, so I guess I'll go to the archives and find something I didn't read.....this was a new idea which I had not heard of, and it's a good one. Thanks for the info; well-written Sis!

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Hiya, dwachira! I can imagine! It must be very crowded. I would definitely be putting some form of ID on my child in that situation, just to be safe. Thank you much!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      We always get lost kids during the annual Nairobi International Trade Fair, Using such tips can really reduce these incidences. Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up and useful.

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, zoey! The shoe ID works great for us and I can say, it has successfully stayed on his shoe for the last 8 months and is still in great shape. It's outlasting his shoe! lol

    • zoey24 profile image

      Zoey 

      6 years ago from South England

      Very informative hub. I had heard of the ID bracelets, but was not aware of shoe ID. Voted up and useful :-)

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Again, thank you for the positive comment, Derdriu! I was getting frustrated trying to find some sort of ID for my son. This turned out to be perfect. It doesn't bother him in the slightest and it give me peace of mind. A perfect combination. :) I just wish we didn't have to put IDs on our children. :(

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      Derdriu 

      7 years ago

      TToombs08: How heartbreaking that such procedures are necessary to implement, but at the same time how reassuring that such measures exist!

      Thank you for sharing such vital information which can make the difference between sooner or later in terms of finding a missing child.

      Voted up, etc.,

      Derdriu

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Kay! I have a 5 year old non-communicative autistic son and we've tried ID tags and bracelets. He tears them off and throws them away. This has been the only thing we've found to work. I have nightmares of him getting lost and not being able to tell rescue works his name. (I never let him out of my sight - I'm a helicopter mom). LOL

    • Kay Creates profile image

      Kay Creates 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Great information for parents.

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