Children safety during the holidays

2016-03-24 06:00

AS the holidays near, parents need to be aware of where their children are every minute of the day.

A Gamalakhe police office found a toddler roaming the streets alone next to a bar. The officer could not ask the child where his home was because he was not old enough to talk. Fortunately, the officer was able to return the child safely to his grandmother.

Sagree Naicker of child welfare gave a few tips on how parents should take extra precaution and ensure their children are safe and well looked after.

Parents must ensure that their little ones are always under adult supervision.

“As a parent there are times when you need to run errands and you can’t take your children along.

“Ensuring that the children are with responsible adults or older child, is always safe when doing errands,” said Naicker.

She said because children like going to the beach when not at school its wise to ensure that the child has a phone number with them or wrist band with the parent’s contact number on in case they get lost.

“Another way is to form a support network with the community who can take care of the children while they play,” she said.

Naicker said it is also a good idea to take turns with friends or family to care for each other’s children if the parents are employed.

Parents should also avoid sending­ children to the shop unaccompanied­ and should teach their children emergency numbers and at least one of the parents or sibling cellphone numbers, which they can phone in case of emergencies.

Parents must report their missing children to the police as soon as they realise they have not returned home.

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