Louisiana mother invents special tattoo to keep track of kids
Baton Rouge, LA (CNN) - A Louisiana mom has invented a cool way to keep kids safe.
For kids, a trip to a theme park, the zoo or even the local city park can be thrilling - filled with sights and sounds that must be explored. For parents, however...
Katie Gibbons – Parent: "My fear is always that they would get lost or separated from me, and God forbid, something happen and someone take them from me. The other thing is if they couldn't find me, how would they communicate on how to find us?"
Katie Gibbons is the mom of two young boys who, like most kids, love to play and discover new things. So when her family took a trip to Disney World, she had reason to be a little anxious.
Katie Gibbons: "We talk to the kids about hold my hand, stay close, stay by me. But, in a crowded place like Disney World or a theme park, it's just so easy to lose track."
To keep her kids connected, Gibbons had a new trick up her sleeve - or rather up her boys' sleeve. The Safety Tat is a temporary tattoo that parents can write their contact information on. If a family gets separated, a child can to show their tattoo to someone in charge.
Katie Gibbons: "I feel it gives a little piece of mind."
The Safety Tat was actually invented by a mom, Michele Welsh, who came up with the idea after a family trip. She says the product is especially great for young children.
Michele Welsh - Safety Tat Creator: "We've gotten a lot of feedback from security personal who say how much of their time is spent looking for someone named "Mommy." Young kids sometimes really don't know their parent's mobile phone number, but many times don't know their parent's name in order to effectively communicate how to get them back reunited with a parent.
The Safety Tats don't stop with phone numbers. There are also tattoos for allergies. So if a child is headed to a camp, or even a new school. The tattoo can help prevent accidental exposures. And it's not just the parents who get a little piece of mind.
Michele Welsh: "By a child having it on his or her arm, they realize that's the shortcut to get back to mom and dad. They don't panic. They're empowered."
The tattoos are available online, and in about 200 stores nationwide. A six pack starts at about $11, and they last up to a week.
Check out the Safety Tat here.