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POLICE TIPS ON KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Parents should create time with their children to share with them both the good and bad experiences they may have experienced while at school.

By Ahmed Matovu

KAMPALA: Maureen Atuhaire the Ag CP Child and Family Protection Department at Uganda Police Force has tipped parents on keeping their children safe during the second term holiday.

According to Atuhairwe, parents should create time with their children to share with them both the good and bad experiences they may have experienced while at school.

She also challenges parents to organize tours, visits to the beach or walks to have ample time with your children in order to bridge any gap that could be between you and your children.

‘’Parents can also engage their children on academic performance, targets and next plans, take time to discover their children’s passion and capabilities and support them to achieve their future dreams,’’ she said.

The police officer also said parents can interest their children in important conversations such as investments, saving, money making ventures/businesses, farming, climate change, health and governance issues among others.

‘’Parents shouldn’t also forget to engage their children in sexuality education. Information to be shared with children should be age appropriate,’’ she said.

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Atuhairwe also asserted that parents should limit their children’s visits to friends, neighbours, shops, shopping malls and relatives’ homes adding this is meant to protect them from any sexual and physical abuse.

‘’Monitor and watch out for the vampires, especially the male vampires in your home. Remember that defilers and child abusers can also be in your homes,’’ she noted.

She also said parents should be mindful of what children watch on Television, limit the time they spend watching TV and engage them in household chores as well.

The officer says parents should also ensure that the children get a balanced diet in order to have a break from the school menu. This helps in both the physical and cognitive development of the child.

‘’Dress your children appropriately so that predators don’t mistake them for being adults (men and women) yet they are still children. Remember that both boys and girls can be defiled,’’ she tipped.

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