Whose children love heading up on the escalators which are heading down? Or jump in and out and ride on the sides of the shopping trolley – better yet – steer it themselves? Often, shopping trolleys and prams are not allowed on escalators and must use lifts instead. Children playing on trolleys or escalators can cause injury to themselves and others. Discourage children from playing where they shouldn’t – a warning from security personnel could be embarrassing.
Many shopping centres have designated play areas for children, generally for certain ages and may have rules regarding footwear and food. Parental supervision is also required and play areas should not be treated as a drop off while you go and shop. There are businesses which provide customer-only supervised ball-rooms or crèche arrangements while parents conduct their business within.
Don’t let children touch items in stores which may result in you paying for broken stock or cluttering aisles and risking injury to other shoppers. Keep your children strapped into trolleys and prams, or carefully supervise and hold hands with children who are walking.
If your child gets lost or you have a safety concern regarding a particular shopping centre get in touch with the customer service desk or follow up with centre management.