CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - No parent wants to think about getting separated from their kids, especially at places like amusement parks and shopping malls.
However, police say it's a good idea to be ready, just in case. A new product called Safety Tattoos is making being prepared for the worst easy for parents and fun for kids.
"Here's my mom's phone number. You call her. But if she can't find us you call 9-1-1," five-year-old Zade Hickey said.
Zade and his seven-year-old sister Ashlynn know just what to do.
"If you ever get lost, ask somebody and they'll call the number on your sticker and it would help and they would find your mom and dad," Ashlynn said.
Their dad, a Cape Girardeau police officer, says it's important to teach your kids how to respond if they ever get lost.
"If you couldn't find me or mom you could say, 'Look I have a tattoo and it has my mom's number on it,'" Officer Darin Hickey said.
Safety Tats make it easy. You simply write emergency contact information on the temporary tattoo and stick it on. Other police officers say there's really no downside.
"Most people are honest and, you know, if they find a child and they have the way to contact you immediately, you can get back with your child that much quicker," Sergeant Jason Selzer said.
Experts say the tattoos are not only good for small children, but also older children with special needs. Ethan Collier has Autism. His parents say they're always looking for ways to make sure he is safe.
"The most important reason to have, to consider anything is because children with autism, adults with autism, tend to wonder," Leighanne Collier said.
In some cases, even though children with Autism may not be able to speak, they could show someone their tattoo.
"If you have a child with special needs and can't articulate where they live or where they need to be, extra precautions need to be taken," Sergeant Selzer said.
"These kids are not going to be very prone to letting you sit and look for something either so parents are probably going to put them in prominent places on legs or on arms where you are more likely to see it," said Connie Hebert, director at the Autism Center.
While parents like the peace-of-mind, kids like them too.
"It's a butterfly and it's pink and yellow," Ashlynn said.
Police say even if you don't use the tattoos or something like them, it's good to practice those situations with your kids. They say if they're old enough, teach them to memorize your phone number.
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