How to keep your child safe

2017-06-20 06:01
Steven King of SACCW offers tips to keep children safe and crime free ahead of Youth Day.Photo: kalisha naicker

Steven King of SACCW offers tips to keep children safe and crime free ahead of Youth Day.Photo: kalisha naicker

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TO celebrate Youth Day and show their dedication to the community, SA Community Crime Watch (SACCW) is offering assistance to parents to help them prevent their children from getting onto the wrong side of the law and keeping them safe from harm.

SACCW founder Steven King said although there is generally no simple reason why children become involved in criminal activity or get into harm’s way there are many factors can contribute to making children more likely to commit crime.

“Some of these factions can be not doing well in school, difficult family relationships, lack of boundaries and parental supervision, having friends who commit crime, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues.

“Parents are generally the most important people in their child’s lives. Their views and behaviours can have a good or bad influence on their child’s life.”

King said children are much less likely to get into trouble if their parents have a good relationship with them.

“Children need to be able to talk openly with parents, and parents need to know where they are and what they are up to.

“Children must be encouraged to become involved in activities in their local community. This can include youth clubs, sports clubs and church groups,” he added.

In terms of being safe on social media, and when out with friends, King said: “Always let your parents know who you are chatting to, never agree to meet anyone online and most importantly never ever give out personal information.”

“When out with friends, children should always keep their parents in the loop of who they out with and what they are doing. Stick to a curfew, never consume alcohol and illegal substances and always have a safe driver.”

King said it is important for parents and children to have good communication.
“Applying simple ground rules is the best way to keep children safe,” he added. For more information on how to prevent children from becoming a criminal statistic, contact King on
082 920

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