Children Are Our Future: How Are We Protecting Them?

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“I believe the children are our future”, as the song goes. But are we truly seeing this? Children of today are the ones suffering from the products of what their predecessors had done for the past years.

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Our world is rapidly changing at a pace that even technology had a hard time catching up. There is climate change, famine in other parts of the world is very much apparent; war is almost always the feature of any news. And who are the very victims from all of these unfortunate events? Definitely, our Children.

While some children have the best of their lives in some of parts of the world, others are living in poverty fighting off death at an early age. Children who live in poverty stricken countries like that in Africa, children live for less than $1 a day and with that situation survival is unlikely and if ever they did, malnourishment and illnesses will strike these children. In a recent study done by UNICEF, children who live in urban areas have more chances to survive the stages of infancy and early childhood and have better health and more opportunities for education as compared to those living in their rural counterparts.

So what can we do to help out children who are born to a world with so many hardships and less opportunities? A lot of us don’t have enough resources to really reach out to those who are in need and we cannot carry the world entirely on our shoulders. However, it is our responsibility as a human being to help and nurture our children since they are our hope. What our children have become is a product of how we treated and nurtured them.

A simple step of helping our children is by volunteering on feeding programs. You really don’t have to lay down lots of money to help. Just give some of your time in helping them feed, teaching them the right foods to eat everyday to keep them well – nourished is already a big leap. Instead of going out with your friends to do shopping or eating on fancy restaurants, why not make it a habit to visit villages that direly need help. Children of these villages will surely be delighted to see what you have in store for them. Teach them, because not all are given the right to education. Share them your blessings because not all of them are blessed financially. Be their advocate and raise funds for them to help them go to school or give them foods that are nutritious or vitamins. Coordinate with organizations to help you organize with medical missions to check malnourished and sick children.

You see, helping our children is not really at all task-intensive and it doesn’t even require lots of money to start with. Many people are willing to give, that’s for sure. It just need a little bit of persuasion and lots of inspiration to be these children’s advocate. After all, we were once a child then.

Bill Simmons is a retired executive at LJWest Diamonds and has shifted his career toward children. He now focuses on protecting our children’s mental and physical health and promoting their educational achievement. His email address is bsimm@ymail.com. He lives with his wife Marjorie and his three kids in Roanoke, VA.

Teaching Children to Protect Themselves

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Adults, especially parents should understand that child abuse means much more than bruises or broken bones. Physical abuse is dreadful because of the scars and bruises it leaves in the child’s young and fragile body but it should be understood that not all abuse can be seen. There are other acts by an adult that can be considered as child abuse. These are ignoring their needs, leaving them without an adult’s supervision, putting children in a dangerous situation or making them feel that they are not wanted are also a forms of child abuse. Regardless of what  type of abuse, still the result is emotional harm.

Children are vulnerable to adult abuse simply because they are kids; they trust people easily. Adults who are abusing children had reached quite a number. Statistics says that about 5 children die every day as a result of abuse. Almost 3 out of these children are at the tender age of 4. Child abuse has its negative effects to the young ones. Most people who are into drug rehabilitation center stated that they were abused during their childhood days; they have become child abusers themselves.

There are ways in which parents can help their children protect themselves from adult child abusers. It starts with teaching them protection techniques at an early age. Below are some practices that you can teach your kids for them to be protected from adult abusers.

Always keep communication lines open with your child. Time should be set aside daily to talk to them about their feelings. It is a way of building trust between you and your child. It will also help them feel comfortable in talking to you and telling you when they suspect that an adult is dangerous.

There are child abusers and sometimes even bartenders who pretend to be asking help or tricking kids that there is an emergency. Goldstar Bartending has attempted to reduce the role of bartenders who engage in these activities. Role play with your kids to help them learn techniques and ways on how to act in response to these strangers. This will help them to remember the different approaches you taught them when strangers come close to them. Make it a point to explain to your children that people do not always say who they really are. Teach them to always ask a trusted person before talking to and helping strangers.

Emotional support is very important. Provide your kids with this kind of support when they tell you that they are afraid of another adult. Let them know that it is alright to feel afraid and ask them if that particular stranger did something bad to them. Providing emotional support is helping your kids protect themselves to people who can commit abusive acts.

Always teach them vital information such as their names, telephone numbers and address. Practice recalling this information with your child. Make it a point that your children know how to make calls which sometimes is necessary to reach you and other trusted adult at home.

Teaching your children these things could be a good start to allow them grow and be mindful of their surroundings.

Tips on Protecting Children from Adults

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As you all know children can be victimized by any adults around them nowadays and knowing how you can protect them is ideal, for them to be safe no matter where they are or what they are doing. Some parents think that watching their children go to school and go home is enough, but the truth is it isn’t enough. Letting your children know the thing that they should do when unexpected things happen is important, for them to be able to know what to do and how to respond. There are children that can easily be persuaded by adults, while there are children who know how they protect themselves. Children who are knowledgeable enough when it comes to situations like this have a lower rate of being victimized by adults. If you want your children to be safe and protected then teaching them some tips is definitely an ideal thing to do.

Using a Phone

You need to teach your children on how to use a phone in case certain situations arise. For instance if they need help or assistance, you need to teach them who to call. You have to option to let your children call the police immediately or call you first. There are phone booths everywhere and if your children don’t have mobile phones, using a phone booth is ideal. But you should teach them how to place a collect call especially if they don’t have any pennies with them. You can let your children practice calling you using their mobile phones or using a phone booth for you to ensure that they understood everything that you taught them.

Boosting Children’s Self-Confidence

There are adults that scare children for them to be able to get the children without any commotion. Once the children get scared they can easily take the children with them without any trace of force and such. But if your children show confidence the adult will have second thoughts of abducting your children. If the adult persists, teach your children where to go and what to do to avoid the abductor from getting them. They can run or shout to attract attention from others, which will make it hard for the abductor to get your children. This will let him go away and leave your children behind without harming them and such.

Avoid Talking to Strangers

Lastly the most important thing to teach your children is to avoid talking to people they don’t know. Some strangers will act nice and offer them certain things that they like and you should let your children know about these things. They should not accept anything from a stranger because it is extremely dangerous. Teach your children to stay away from the stranger and call you or the police right away.

These are just some of the useful tips on how to protect children from adults. You need to teach them everything that they need to know, for them to stay protected and safe even if you are not around.