27% of parents report children have gone missing in public spaces in Taiwan

27% of parents report children have gone missing in public spaces in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Around 27 per cent of parents said that their children have gone missing in public places, according to survey results from the Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF), yesterday.

The CWLF yesterday launched a new mobile phone application that provides information for parents on how to prevent their children from going missing in public places.

According to the CWLF's survey, those parents whose children have gone missing said that the incidents usually happen in shopping malls, supermarkets and department stores.

The survey also said that nearly 37 per cent of children went missing at supermarkets or shopping malls while about 25 per cent of children went missing at department stores.

The CWLF said that the nearly half of the children who first went missing were between the ages of 2 and 4 years old, and the major reasons why most children go missing is either from being separated from family members or being distracted by objects in public places.

According to the CWLF, over 52 per cent of parents do not know that they can call the police immediately after their children go missing. The survey also suggested that 12 per cent of parents seldom take front and clear pictures of their children while 10 per cent of parents do not remember special characters of their children.

CWLF Chairwoman Joyce Feng said that most parents now value children's entertainment activities and understand the importance of spending time with their children, so they like to take their children out for various activities in public places.

"However, even if parents are capable of taking care of their children, it is hard for them to control the environments and other factors when visiting public places," said Feng. "Therefore, the incidents of children going missing happen occasionally."

Feng said that the CWLF worked with Chunghwa Telecom to launch a new application that will not only provide parents information about how to react when a child is missing but also has a picture and information documenting system that will help parents to bring their missing children home as soon as possible.

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