Back to school safety

2018-01-30 06:00

SCHOOLS around the country reopened just a few days ago. For kids it can be a very exciting time – making new friends and learning new things. For parents however it can be the cause of some anxiety; especially for those whose children travel to and from school by themselves.

Ivan Govender, District Manager for Fidelity ADT (KwaZulu Natal), has some advice that can help increase peace of mind. He suggests the following tips are shared with the kids, and that they are encouraged to practise them every day.

-Children must always walk to or from school with a friend or friends. If your child walks alone, it’s a good idea to ask a teacher or other parents if they know of other kids from the area who do the same.

-Stick to streets you know and never take short cuts through unfamiliar or quiet areas.

-If you get picked up at school, always wait inside the grounds for your lift to arrive; do not leave the premises to go and look for them in the street.

-Remember, your parents would never send someone you don’t know to fetch you. Never get into a stranger’s car even if they claim that someone you love is hurt and that they are supposed to pick you up.

-If a stranger approaches you, do not talk to them no matter how friendly they may seem. If someone tries to grab you, fight, kick and scream that they are not your mom or dad.

In some cases children have to see themselves to and from school and keep occupied until mom and dad return home in the evening says Govender.

“It is extremely important that the kids know not to let anyone into the house without your permission. If you are going to be late, let your children know as soon as possible and give them an idea of when they can expect you to be home.”

He suggests drawing up a list of important telephone numbers.

“This list must include emergency services and mom and dad’s work and cell phone numbers. Save it on your child’s cell phone, and stick it on or near the landline. It’s also important to explain to them when these should be used.”

Govender adds that - if you have a home alarm system – that everyone in the household, children included, know how to use it and when and how to use the panic buttons.
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