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Keep an Eye on Kids

Wed, 22 Aug 2012|

-Chocolate is the eighth wonder. Warm chocolate; the ninth. Just seconds in the microwave and indulgence is served. Betty Crocker Warm Delights, you're just 3-minutes from heaven. -Hi, everybody. I'm Juli Auclair and I would like to introduce you to Eebee. Hi, Eebee. -Eebee. Eebee. -And this is Stephen Gass the creator of Eebee's adventures. -Hi, Juli. -Great to have you here. We hope you enjoy the following segment but be sure to stick around because afterwards we're gonna show you some great new ways to play with your baby. Right, Eebee? -Eebee. Eebee. -Eebee, your turn. -It can happen in an instant. You're out with your kids, you turn your back for a split second and they're gone. -I have lost my children before at Disney World. He got away from me and it took like an hour to find him. -Just yesterday, I-- actually I lost track at this one at church but I try to make sure that we only go places that are fairly safe. -When he was younger, I did lose him on Wal-Mart and I had to run to the Customer Service and have him paged quickly where they helped me find him. -But not every child is found right away or sometimes at all. -Once you let them out of your sight, anything can happen -- predators, like anything lurk in areas where kids are. That's why I choose to keep them in my sight. -We know children can be gone like this. Now, could this be that he's wandered and he's playing with someone's dog but you don't know if it's a more serious situation. You know, have children been abducted in public places? Sure. -There are steps parents can take to keep their kids safe without keeping them under lock and key. Pam Weaver, Director of community education at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in New York, says parents can start talking to their kids about safety as soon as they hit preschool. -We really believe that if we empower kids, teachers, parents, families with some, you know, very basic safety rules and if kids learn to incorporate them in their daily life, it really can lower the risk of being a victim of sexual abuse or abduction. -And Pam says there are 4 simple rules you can teach your child to keep them safe while out and about in public places like on the playgrounds. Number one, is the 'check first rule', this says to kids that before they go with anyone, even if it's someone they know, they need to check first with the grown up that's in-charge of them. Rule number two, 'grab a buddy', think safety in numbers. Many abductions especially those committed by strangers are crimes of opportunity, where the kidnappers looking for a child that's alone and vulnerable. The third rule to teach children is to say "No" if anyone was making them feel scared or uncomfortable touching them or trying to grab their hand. It can be a new concept for kids to say "No" to adults but parents should teach their children to yell, scream and cause a scene if anyone tries to take them. The last rule to tell your kid is that, if something does happen, be sure to tell a trusted adult like mom, dad or even a teacher. Some parents simply vow to never let their little ones out of their sight. -Sophia, can you come here please? -We have the 5-inch rule, if you're past my hand, you're a too far. If you're out my eyesight-- I don't let them walked behind me, you walked always in front of me and not out of my reach. -We have a rule that there's supposed to be able to see me and I'm supposed to be holding their hands. And that-- that's simple. -But there's more you can do to just in case. If possible, scout out the location of your outing before you go. Find out if they have a lost child area and form a plan with your child in the event you get separated. -It depends how old the child is, if you tell a 3 or 4-year old 'we'll meet at the entrance',-- -Hi. --you know, they're little, they have no idea where the entrance is. If it's an older child, you can certainly, you know, pick a spot and say this is where we'll meet. -Make sure you know what your child has on. You got to bring a recent photo or a child ID card. -If God forbid, it wasn't a situation where the child was found in a few minutes, you'd have a picture of your child to give police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can help with it too because we make posters of missing kids. So, that would be an important tool as well. -If you do get separated from your child at a public place, try not to panic. -Obviously your fear level's gonna be up there, your anxiety, so you need to try to think calmly, 'what can I do?' -Yell your child's name. -Sophia. -And beforehand, tell your child to yell your name instead of mom or dad, if they get lost. Look for someone who works there. Amusement parks, stores and many public areas have lost child protocols they can put into action and enlist the help of other adults in the area. -You could say to people, you know, other parents because I think any parent would certainly empathize with the lost child. You know, have you seen a little boy, you know, he's this tall, he's got a blue baseball cap on, a red shirt and, you know, hopefully you get some helpers along with you. -And don't be afraid to call 911. -If a child is missing, there's no waiting period, you know, if you got a cell phone, you dial 911, and get that emergency help there as soon as possible. If 5-minutes later, you found your child, you can certainly call and say, all is well, but you do want to get to the wheels in motion. -Bottom line, just use your head. -You know, a lot of this is common sense. We really need to, kind of, think of all the precautions you need to take. Not to be so paranoid, that you don't enjoy the outing but, you know, think about, 'am I doing everything that I can to make sure we a have a safe, enjoyable day?' -Hey, everybody. I'm Juli Auclair and I'm here with Stephen Gass, the creator of Eebee's adventure. Glad to have you back. -Eebee. Eebee. -Great to be back. -And we're here, of course, with Eebee. How you doing Eebee? -Eebee. Eebee. -And we're gonna show you how to get your kids involve when you're making baby food. So, tell us how you do this. This looks like a lot of fun. -It is a lot of fun. In this case, what we've done is we've taken some bananas, cut them up, and put them into a Ziploc bag. -Very easy. -And what we're gonna have the baby do is help us to smash these bananas up with a little bit of plain yoghurt. -Okay, let's do it. Eebee, can you help me push that in? -Helping do it. -Yeah. -Good enough. -Presto chango, we're gonna zip this up and let's make some banana mash. -Can you help me? -Yeah. -There we go. Stephen, thank you so much. Eebee, so much fun pushing food with you? -My pleasure. -It's my pleasure. For more fun with Eebee, you can check out the Comcast Video On Demand Channel called Baby Boost or go to eebee.com. And keep watching Parents TV, where you'll find more great Eebee moments. 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