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Message posted by Alohalove20/7/2010 at 1:21am
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I have yet to go on my first camping trip yet (I'm counting the days now... 6 to go).

I have a 3yr old and she likes to be super-independent I think that the bell is a great idea - One I may well use.

But also when we are out and about she wears one of these. Its about badge size and clips to her clothing. We have rehearsed and she knows that if she gets lost she should find an adult and show them that badge.

Obviously it wont stop the threat of being snatched but we both have the reassurance that if she is lost she has a way of being found.

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By far the best thing about camping and campsites IMO is the freedom it gives the kids.

On our first trip, I stopped the car, started unloading the tent, turned round and the kids (3 and 5 at the time) had gone! Only saw them briefly over the next 3 or 4 hours...

Ever since the whole 'Madeline McCann' nightmare, I've worried a little as they are often out of sight and campsites aren't exactly difficult for anyone to just wander in. Fortunately, nothings ever happened and they're now a couple of years older and, hopefully, more aware of people around them.

We always give them a lecture at the beginning of each day about not going off with any strangers and my eldest son is normally good at looking after his sister (except when they've had a fight!) but, short of following them around every minute which is no holiday for us, it's difficult to be 100% happy...

Has anyone used/considered these GPS trackers ?

 



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Message posted by Xantippe20/7/2010 at 12:37pm
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If we fret constantly about our kids we will breed a generation of people who will never take any chances. I know it is hard with the little ones. Our 10yr old Grandson is so independent that he has no fear of wandering off. In our village it isn't a problem as everyone knows him but he does it in cities! It is a constant worry. However on a campsite I let him wander and he soon makes friends and is usually to be found in the pool.

Can I just say that the tags do look like a good idea but please do not put your child in any clothing or hat that has their name on it. It came home to me one day when I walked into a Greengrocers and the cheeky assistant said 'Hi Kris" I didn't think I knew him and realised I had my name on my Crash Helmet. I was 34 at the time and a Police Officer so not a problem but with a child if a stranger calls them by name they think they know them and their parents. It is easy for someone to lure them off if they have used their name.

Message posted by camperman666720/7/2010 at 12:51pm
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Hiya, we have 7 children.  We have been camping for many years.  The children are aged 7 months, 4, 6, 9, 12, 13 and 16.  I was very cautious the first time we went, the children were obviously younger back then and as soon as we parked the car, they all scattered in every direction!!  But once they knew where our pitch was i was more than happy to allow them to venture off on their own.  As said before, we always pick sites with no water nearby ie ponds or lakes etc and we have found with our little ones once darkness falls they dont like to be outside so have never bothered trying to escape or anything at night!  We had a seasonal pitch a couple of years ago, and the children absolutely loved it.  The freedom it gives them is fab and they actually become more aware themselves.  I would much rather have our children enjoying the great outdoors than sitting indoors 24/7 in front of the tv or computer. Its funny the amount of children our children have invited to our bbq's and whose parents we have never met ie our little girl would come back from playing and say she had met a friend and say "can so and so stay for tea, she "lives" in that caravan over there" and vice versa...and think absolutely nothing of it.  Yet at home, i would want to know where her friend lives, phone number etc, it's just so different on a campsite!

Message posted by Alohalove20/7/2010 at 12:51pm
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Hi Xantippe
I couldn't agree more. The tags simply say 'if I am lost please call '- then my mobile number. Due to abduction risk by her father she doesn't get to roam much near home so when we are away I like to give her as much freedom as she can handle. The tags won't stop her from getting lost so we do have rules but it's easy to get distracted when you are 3 and having fun! I've not lost her yet so we must doing something right! :)

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Message posted by scotzlynnie20/7/2010 at 1:04pm
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Alohalove - thanks for the link to the tags website.  I've ordered one each for my youngest two.  Just added peace of mind that we can be contacted if need be.  Not only on campsite but out and about during the school hols as everywhere gets so busy.

Now I just need to remember and put them on before we leave the house

My children def have more freedom on campsite than they do at home.  We usually go with friends and they all tag along together, although this year we are going alone.  My problem will be trying to convince my two year old to stay behind with me.

 



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Message posted by Xantippe20/7/2010 at 2:06pm
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Alohalove, good luck on you camping venture. I am sure you will have a great time and the little one will not get lost at all.


I like the idea of the GPS tracker, perfect for Alzheimers patients. I am not too sure about giving them to kids though. If they are old enough to carry them I can see them being put down and forgotten. They could also say they are going one place and leave the tracker there and take off somewhere else. I am so suspicious!!!

Message posted by alisonm20/7/2010 at 2:44pm
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Hi

We have found that after a day or two you get to know which child belongs where on the campsite, and always if our children bring someone "home" then we check that they have a) told their parents and b) there parents know where to find them.

As ours are a bit older now (14, 8 and nearly 7) we also have walkie talkies for when they are out and about on the site. I feel happier knowing that I can contact them, they seem to think that they should be used for ordering food!!!!!!

We started camping when our youngest was 9 months old and I was like a nervous wreck but as others have said camping folk are generally family people and we look out for each other.

 

Alison

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Message posted by B Chrystie24/7/2010 at 8:38am
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If you have travelled to the campsite by car then you have survived the most dangerous part of your holiday ... apart from the journey home again, of course!

We have been camping since the kids were toddlers and love the idea that you wake in the morning, unzip the tent, and supply food at regular intervals during the day. They always return for food, and for sympathy of they've grazed their knee.

I realise this must make us sound like the family from hell, but I should add that we generally go for open field type campsites so we can pretty much scan the whole place in one go and always have a pretty good idea where they are. Goodness knows they're loud enough!

I should also add that we have only ever had one rule when we go camping, but it has been instilled right from an early age, and that is that you do not ever, ever, ever, EVER, EVER go inside another family's tent or caravan. Is it because I am paranoid? No. I think it is basic courtesy, and I want to retain my right to clear my own tent of other people's kids (as adorable as they are!) by saying to my own kids in front of them "Now you know we have a rule that nobody should be in other people's tents". No, I'm not unsociable. We always have a crowd of kids outside the front of our tent with games and toys. But it means that other parents can always see where their kids are, and you can avoid the inevitable 'ferral' kid rummaging through your crates for snacks, or any chance of suspiscion if anything went missing.

Camping is about freedom ... whilst also respecting other people's holidays.



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