It can be a terrifying experience for someone to get lost out in the woods, especially if they are not knowledgeable of what to do.
If they panic it may prove the end for that person if the conditions are there for that to happen.
It can be far worse for a child to be separated from the protective and comforting influence of the family, and to be plunged into the unknown with frightening sounds in the forest during the night and so forth.
Search and rescue organizations and others teach the Hug-A-Tree program to teach children to avoid getting lost, and what to do if they do get lost out in the woods. I'll include some links here below for you to get more information on the subject.
Give your children the tools they need so that if they are not in your immediate protective influence they may be armed with knowledge and tools to be able to survive.
Prepare a Children's Wilderness Survival Kit and teach them how and when to use it.
If you have children, please teach them! If your family does not go camping in the woods it does not mean that your child may never get lost out there. Children are curious and may venture out too far in the woods somewhere and then get lost. Or it may happen as part of a school outing, or as this website is about, during a time of emergency.
I'll list some pointers to help you out. Do a research for more information on the subject. This is important.
If you train your children and equip them, they will be equipped and empowered. This will greatly enhance their probability of survival and permit them to return home safely to you.
I felt sad at the idea of a little child alone out there while writing the last paragraph above. It would be far worse for a parent.
In my humble opinion, children need to be trained in emergency survival just as we do, except that you give them what they are able to receive as they grow up. Keep it simple.
An important urban survival skill would be to teach them to call 911 in a time of emergency. Have a look here for more information.
So practice, practice, practice! It must become so simple for your child to remember the basic instructions provided. During an emergency your child will, just like an adult, have difficulty remembering things so practice IS required in order for it to 'stick' in your child's memory.
Think about it this way, is it more difficult to remember a person's name while you are stressed or while you are calm? Also, if you are stressed, is it easier to remember the name of someone who's name you know very well or the name of someone you know very little?
Why is it you will remember the name of the person you know well? It is because you have 'practiced' it many, many times and under various conditions that it has become like 'muscle memory'. It is automatic, in that you do not have to think and use your higher mental faculties which take a hit under stress and an adrenaline rush through the stress of an emergency.
When you calm down, your memory will start
to come back and your ability to think straight will be enhanced. This
is a reason for the S.T.O.P acronym. Stop Think Observe and Plan.
Stopping gives you time to get your head screwed on right so that you
can make good decisions, and the same goes for your children as well. So