Friday 22 March, 2019

Protect kids during Carnival, Children's Authority urges

Parents and guardians are being urged to remain vigilant during Carnival festivities and avoid exposing children under their care to dangerous situations.

This, as the Children’s Authority stressed that child protection is everyone’s responsibility and urged the public to report any incidents of abuse to the Police at 999 or to our 24-hour hotline at 996 or 800-2014.

The Children’s Authority on Monday issued these tips to help parents and guardians keep children safe during the Carnival season:

1. Dress children appropriately and not expose them to unwarranted attention from predators

2. Do not leave children in the care of strangers

3. Do not serve or allow children to sell alcoholic beverages

4. Older children should not be given the responsibility of supervising younger ones

5. Ensure children are supervised at all times by a trusted adult. However, remember child abusers can be a family member or a friend, so notice the interactions between children and adults around them

6. Provide children with identification cards bearing their name, name of parent/guardian, address and telephone number (this should be placed on their person, e.g. Pocket or pinned under their shirt)

7. If a child will be attending camp, parents and guardians should get familiar with the camp supervisors and request the itinerary of events. Drop in at the camp site to check on your children

8. Monitor children at all times when at the beach or by the river. Never allow a child to go into the water alone

9. Take a digital picture of your child that in the event he/she gets lost you can show a current picture

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