Look after your kids, Childline is there to help

2010-06-11 00:00

AMID all the World Cup fever, Childline wants parents to remember, as they prepare to view games in stadiums and public viewing areas, that children can go missing in crowds.

But in case this happens, Childline director Linda Naidoo said the organisation will have its doors open 24 hours and has increased their staff on all shifts in preparation for children who will be brought to them lost, abandoned or exploited.

“Children are vulnerable during this period and my advice is that parents need to take time to warn their kids so that they don’t get mesmerised by foreigners. But they need to be cautious of all persons whether known or unknown because children can be trafficked by people they know. Young people really need to be wary of false promises of a better education and better prospects or whatever lies people might try to use to trick them with,” Naidoo said.

For those parents who will be taking their children to stadiums and fan parks, Naidoo added that it was important that they ensured that their small children have their parents’ contact details on them and their names wherever they go.

Childline will also be available at 28 safe parks even in the most rural areas in order to offer comprehensive assistance in child protection programmes.

•Do not walk alone in fields, isolated areas and dark areas.

•Choose your friends and company wisely.

•Do not be pressured by anybody who does things that you are uncomfortable with.

•Do not trust people who promise you a better lifestyle, job and luxuries.

•Do not accept free rides in taxis or other forms of transport.

•Always be confident of yourself, what you do and the decision you make.

•Do not stay out late without informing your parents of your whereabouts.

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