Schools in Malaysia used to be safe
A need to equip our children with personal safety skill, even in schools.
A footage of the school’s closed-circuit television camera showed that the girl was approached by an unidentified man who asked her to go to the store, but when she refused to go inside, the man allegedly carried her when she screamed and he ran away.
If we really are at the mercy of the state education department when it comes to the hiring of security companies for schools, then we must be vigilant at teaching and reminding our children basic personal safety.
Sure, we use to teach stranger danger before this but this could deter your child from asking helpful strangers for assistance when they really need it. Instead try this:
- Say: You should not approach just anyone. If you need help, look for a uniformed police officer, a store clerk with a nametag, or a parent with children. Don’t say: Stay away from people you don’t know.
- Say: It’s important for you to get my permission before going anywhere with anyone. Don’t say: You can tell someone is bad just by looking at them.
- Say: Pay attention to what people do. Tell me right away if anyone asks you to keep a secret, makes you feel uncomfortable, or tries to get you to go with them.
Role play, role play, role play. Practice the skills often to help your kids be better prepared to respond in an emergency.