Keeping children safe
A free child identification clinic was held at the CAB RH Rediker’s PACE program, yesterday morning, and Sureté du Quebec community officer Sgt. Patrice Gregoire filled out around twenty identification booklets with parents and their children. “We made booklets with the children in the program first and about thirteen moth- ers dropped in with their children,” said Sgt. Gregoire before the morning was over. The lucky children also received a coloring book and a police cap for their efforts: providing a footprint and finger prints for the booklet which stays in the hands of the parents. The booklet is an important identification tool to use in the event of a child being abducted or going missing. It contains informa-
tion such as the names and phone numbers of friends, photographs and descriptions.
“I also go over safety rules with the parents so that we never have to use the booklet,” commented Sgt. Gregoire. Those important safety tips include: never leave a child alone in a public place, their stroller, or a car; as soon as the child is old enough, they should know their full name, parents’ names, address and telephone number; when outside, older kids should always be with at least one friend; children need to ask their parents before getting into a car or going somewhere; children should know where to get help and how to call 911; children must be told they have the right to say “No” to anyone, including friends and family; children should always walk the same way to school and should not have their name clearly visible on their belongings; you and your child should have a special password which can be used by a third person who wants the child to accompany them in case of an emergency; choose a trusted adult with your child that they can go to in your absence; check out people who will spend time with your child, such as a babysitter or a coach; supervise your child’s activities online, teaching them not to give away personal information or meet with a cyber friend without telling their parents; and tell your child not to keep secrets, especially those that make them feel uncomfortable or self-conscious.
Many moms and their children, all happy to wear their police caps, pose with Sgt. Patrice Gregoire after filling out their child identification booklets at the CAB’s PACE program, in Stanstead on Tuesday.