How to keep our kids safe
WHILE it’s a terrifying thought even considering our children being hurt in any way, it’s a reality.
This can happen to anyone’s missing child. Let’s start conducting public educational campaigns for missing children and also organise an awareness programme for a better future for them.
No parent can look after a child all the time, but there are things parents can do to minimise the chances of something such as this happening.
Teach your children to check with you before they go anywhere or get into a car – even with someone they know.
You should know where your children are at all times.
Children should not accept gifts or favours from anyone without checking with you first.
They should not go alone to places, especially unknown ones. They should always take a friend with them.
Children should know your address, your home phone number, your cellphone number and your work number.
They should be wary of anyone who asks for help.
You should keep a recent clear photograph of your child. This will help the police and the public search for your child if he/she goes missing.
Children should not leave home without your permission. Very small children should play in areas away from the street.
They should not wander off. They should avoid deserted areas, and short cuts through alleys. It’s better to walk with friends.
Children must come straight home from school unless other arrangements have been made.
Every six hours a child goes missing in South Africa, about 1 700 children are reported missing every year. Let’s pray for the safe return of all missing children. Lone Hill, Sandton