Safety during school holidays

2015-10-06 06:00

KEEPING children safe is a year-round priority, not only during school holidays

Parents and caregivers should make the safety and security of their children a priority throughout the year, and not only give it specific attention during school holidays.

As schools break for the end of the third term, this may pose a challenge for parents who worry about the safety of their children while they are at home for the nine-day holiday.

“Nothing you do will ever completely remove that feeling of worry about whether or not your child is safe. But you can at least do everything you can to make sure your child knows what to do when things go wrong, and what actions to avoid to try and limit any harm,” said ADT Security’s KZN district manager, Ivan Govender.

“Educating your child about the following basics will go a long way towards keeping them safe”, said Govender.

• If your child is alone at home during the holidays, make sure they keep all doors locked and that they do not allow anyone to enter the property without permission.

• Keep a list of important emergency phone numbers close to your phone, including the numbers for your local SAPS station and your neighbours.

• If you usually drive your child to the home of a friend who lives in the same neighbourhood, rather walk the route with them before they have to do it on their own. Explain that it is better to walk a slightly longer route down familiar streets where there is more activity.

• If your child has to leave the house for whatever reason, ask that they call you when they leave and again when they have arrived at their destination.

• Teach your children to memorise their name, surname, home address and contact details for one of their parents. Also make sure they know that if they do become separated from you in a busy shopping mall they must immediately look for mall security and give them the information they have memorised.

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