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How to Find Missing Child in Crowded Place

How to Find a Missing Child in a Crowded Place

What's the quickest way to find a missing child in a crowded place? While American answers may range from contacting authorities to launching a search or issuing Amber Alerts, in Argentina they start with something a bit simpler. A colleague told me about her traveling friend's post on Facebook. It said:

"Yesterday, whilst sitting in the middle of an extremely crowded beach near Mar del Plata, Argentina, a slow, small chorus of claps started up and proceeded to grow in number as more people joined in. I was perplexed, and even more so when my companions also joined the chorus without hesitation. I asked my friend what was happening, and she explained that in Argentina, when someone encounters a lost child in a crowded area and can't find the parent they start to clap. Then those around join in and so on, thus alerting the parent(s) as to the child's whereabouts. She said the same thing had happened for her on more than one occasion when she was a child, as she had a tendency to wander. It was an example of community working together that I had not previously encountered, and I was impressed. Once the parent(s) and child are reunited, there is a big cheer and more applause. So [the] only weakness I see is that I am not sure what happens if a second child gets lost at precisely that moment . . . "

Have you heard of things similar to this?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
That is super cool!! I wish that worked here!I always snap a picture of my daughter on my digital camera or my phone when we get to a place that I know will be crowded. That way, I have a picture of her wearing that day's outfit. I can point to it and say, "She looks like this."
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
That is super cool!! I wish that worked here! I always snap a picture of my daughter on my digital camera or my phone when we get to a place that I know will be crowded. That way, I have a picture of her wearing that day's outfit. I can point to it and say, "She looks like this."
Michele-Bell Michele-Bell 5 years
wow! i was half expecting an app for that but love that this is humanly possible with the help of a community.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
No. Interesting. I have a friend with 2 boys, they tended to wonder off when they were younger. She started carrying these floresent orange t-shirts in her car. When they went somewhere crowded she would put the t-shirts on. Worked for her.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
No. Interesting.I have a friend with 2 boys, they tended to wonder off when they were younger. She started carrying these floresent orange t-shirts in her car. When they went somewhere crowded she would put the t-shirts on. Worked for her.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I have never heard of that, but it sounds like a good idea!
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