Wednesday 28 September 2016

Irish experts warn parents to keep a closer eye on kids on holidays as one in five get lost while away

Published 06/06/2015 | 16:35

One in five Irish children go missing while on holiday
One in five Irish children go missing while on holiday

One in five Irish children go missing while on holiday according to new research released by ISPCC Childline.

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The study of more than 656 parents found children between the age of four and six are the most likely to wander and boys are five times more likely to get lost than girls.

ISPCC Childline and Irish identity wristband company KoolioBandz reported the findings this week.

Nicola MacDermott of Childline said: “We receive 1,800 calls a day from children and young people all across Ireland reaching out for support.

“Funding from Kooliobandz will go towards ensuring we can continue to maintain this vital service for children in Ireland.”

Meanwhile, Irish parents revealed that their biggest worry was not being familiar with the area if their child should go missing while many said they feared language would be a barrier.

Kooliobandz contain an ID code which can be entered into the company’s website, sending a text to the child’s parents of their exact location.

Kevin Gill, Vice Chairman, Association of Ambulance Personnel provided feedback on the identity wristbands,

“KoolioBandz offer a parent unrivalled peace of mind. As an Emergency Service Paramedic one of our biggest issues with a hurt child is contacting the parents. Getting vital information that may dictate treatment. It’s a simple product that could ultimately be a lifesaver.”

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