Children warned and taught about dangers lurking around

2017-06-08 06:02
Captain Nomathemba Muavha gave the learners at Afrika Tikkun safety tips during the Child Safety Awareness Day.

Captain Nomathemba Muavha gave the learners at Afrika Tikkun safety tips during the Child Safety Awareness Day.

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With violence against children still a scourge in the townships, Afrika Tikkum Educare Centre, hosted an awareness program to empower the young ones.

On Thursday, the ECD held a Child Protection event where children between the ages of 2 to 6 were informed about safety.

According the principal Gladis Mngomeni it was important for the young learners to learn what to do to protect themselves.

“They should understand to be very cautious of strangers and in particular female strangers. Too much focus is put on the male strangers but we have heard of females abducting children,” said Mngomeni. She said that it was key for the young children to know what to do in such situations where they are approached by strangers. She said that it was also equally pivotal that the parents also learn safety measures and actually care for their children‘s safety.

“In our communities you have children who are not supervised walking in the streets at night or going to school by themselves taking public transport on their own,” he explained.

She said that they hope that parents will take an active role in protecting children. Local SAPS some much needed safety tips with the young children.

Captain Nomathemba Muavha from the Mfuleni SAPS taught the children on the importance of playing close to home, refusing to go anywhere with strangers or even being alone with familiar faces without their parents or elders.

Muavha advised parents to ensure they know where their children are at all times. She also advised that parents to keep recent pictures of their children close by, and to always take note of the clothes they dress their children as this may be a very helpful factor in case anything happens to the child.

“When faced with cases of lost children, any piece of information you can provide as the parent can be very useful to the police. What colours the child was last seen wearing, the type of hair they had and what the child looks like, these are key things we need to help us find the child faster. We use the most recent pictures to distribute on posters to help with the search and also to help the community identify the kids better,” advised Captain Muavha.

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